Ventura County Responds
Prescription painkiller and heroin abuse has created a public health crisis. Misuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers, has resulted in a rising number of fatal and non-fatal overdoses in recent years, as well as serious harms associated with heroin addiction.
This website tracks what is being done in Ventura County to address the opioid crisis and provides the latest information for prescribers and community members. Our goal is to reduce fatal and non-fatal overdoses caused by non-medical use of prescription painkillers.
Find resources for preventing overdose, getting help, and medication safety at home.
Ventura County Behavioral Health
The Ventura County Behavioral Health Department provides mental health and substance use treatment services. VCBH plays an important role as an integrated component of the Ventura County Health Care Agency. We provide support for individuals and families who are in crisis; people considering suicide; or those struggling with mental illness, substance use, or both.
Learn more: www.vcbh.org
Supporting Health • Preventing Harm
Prevention Services works upstream to reduce alcohol and drug-related problems in our community. Initiatives are aimed at limiting harms related to impaired driving; underage and binge drinking; marijuana and vaping, especially as it relates to harms to youth; prescription drug abuse; and addressing health disparities among vulnerable populations. A primary goal is to delay the onset of first use of alcohol and or other drugs by youth. We collaborate with schools, parent groups, government agencies, medical partners, law enforcement, community-based organizations and more.
Learn more: www.VenturaCountyLimits.org
Access to Substance Use Treatment Services
VCBH provides a continuum of care for substance use and addiction problems, with six locations and access to a range of treatment services for achieving and maintaining recovery.
If you believe you or a family member may be struggling with addiction, talk to your healthcare provider or call the confidential 24/7 Access Line: 1-844-385-9200
Learn more: www.vcbh.org/en/programs-services/substance-use-services