Overdose Prevention Strategies
The Overdose Prevention Program of Ventura County, California, was designed to address the opioid epidemic locally by providing response training and naloxone kits to individuals with an elevated risk of experiencing an overdose or those likely to come into contact with someone who may experience overdose. The program provides overdose education to substance users, their families and key public agencies, to generate actionable data. The program launched in 2014 through the county’s Rx Abuse & Heroin Workgroup to reduce opioid-related deaths at a local level. Core components of the program include overdose prevention, recognition, and response education, as well as kit tracking and utilization data. As of December 2018, more than 2,800 overdose rescue kits have been distributed across 33 sites throughout the county, resulting in at least 502 documented opioid overdose reversals. Significantly, local data tracking assisted efforts to expand the program to include partnerships with Emergency Medical Services, Medical Examiner's Office and multiple local law enforcement agencies. As of December 2018, more than 350 sworn officers have been trained across the six largest law enforcement agencies in our area. The unique success of this innovative program is due to the multi-agency collaborative approach and the robust evaluation component that was built into the program since its inception — allowing the county to effectively measure the program’s reach and outcomes. Data collection strategies were incorporated to monitor key metrics, including demographic information about the individual and potential risk patterns/behaviors, and refine the program as it was implemented. During the session, presenters will: (1) describe the program’s history and components; (2) present evaluation data demonstrating successes and lives saved; and (3) identify lessons learned and offer recommendations for implementation elsewhere.
This session is accredited for the following accreditation types: CME, CNE, CPE, APA, AAFP, AAHCPAD*, NAADAC*, ASWB*
*State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.