In February 2012, the City of Simi Valley, Simi Valley Unified School District, and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District called for the three agencies to develop a focused, aggressive community action plan to help prevent the use of heroin in Simi Valley. The Task Force on Heroin Prevention was created to develop this coordinated, comprehensive community plan and develop recommendations for immediate implementation. With very strong and active community support, including hundreds who attended the February 13 City Council meeting, everyone is committed to doing all we can to achieve the goal of "Not One More."
Beginning in August 2018, Simi Valley Police Officers were authorized to administer Naloxone in emergency situations. Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that binds to opioid receptors and can reverse and block the effects of other opioids. The medication is administered through the nasal passages and is similar to that of a nasal spray. Naloxone only reverses the effects of opioids such as Heroin, Morphine, Methadone, Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Fentanyl. It does not reverse the effects of any other drugs.
During the first six months of 2018, the Ventura County Emergency Services Agency and Project Safer trained Simi Valley Police Officers on how to administer Naloxone. The training topics included:
• Identifying the characteristics of an opioid overdose
• The steps in caring for a person who has overdosed on an opioid
• The proper method for administering intranasal Naloxone
Equipping our police officers with Naloxone was a priority because they are frequently the first to arrive on the scene of an overdose. Every second counts in an overdose and making a life-saving intervention is time-sensitive. The administration of Naloxone via nasal atomizer by law enforcement personnel has become standard in other jurisdictions within California.
Project Safer provided Simi Valley Police Department 65 two-dose Naloxone kits at no cost. The Naloxone kits are deployed in every patrol vehicle. Project Safer Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization established to provide quality education to reduce harms associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs.
According to Ventura County Emergency Services Agency, Naloxone was administered 390 times in Ventura County during 2017. It was administered 44 times in Simi Valley, which is the third highest amount for cities in Ventura County.
Listed below are resources for parents and people who want to get informed, get involved, get help, and get local information about heroin prevention.
- California Department of Health Care Services - Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Support
- CADCA - Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, Building Drug-Free Communities
- Drugs.com - Drug Information Online (including heroin)
- Narcotic Educational Foundation of America - Working Together in Providing Drug Education
- National Institute on Drug Abuse - The Science of Drug Abuse & Addiction
- OTCsafety.org - Your Resource for Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety
Photo by Karen Quincy Loberg, Ventura County Star
- Overcoming Drug Addiction - Drug abuse treatment, recovery and help
- US Dept. of Health and Human Services - Substance abuse treatment facility locator
- Palmer Drug Abuse Program - Free drop-in addiction counseling group for teens, meets every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Courthouse
- County of Ventura Drug and Alcohol Programs - In-patient and out-patient drug rehabilitation treatment and counseling services
- Free Clinic of Simi Valley - Free counseling services for various issues
- Narcotics Anonymous - Free addiction support group, multiple locations
- Alateen - Free support group for teens with family or friends struggling with drug and alcohol addiction
- Teen Challenge - Free residential drug rehabilitation program for age 18 and above (Ventura, CA but SV residents eligible)
- Genesis - Outpatient drug rehabilitation program (Thousand Oaks, CA but SV residents eligible)
- Phoenix House - Residential and outpatient treatment for teens from 13 to 18 years old with substance abuse and mental health disorders
- Addiction Center - A free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with information and support on different substances, addictions, and recovery resources
- Task Force on Heroin Prevention - The City of Simi Valley, RSRPD, SVUSD, Chamber of Commerce, Not One More and the faith community join to combat heroin use
- Action Family Counseling - Free counseling program for teens and parents related to addiction and various issues meets weekly in Simi Valley at Apollo High School; In-patient and out-patient drug rehabilitation treatment (at a cost)
- Interface Children and Family Services 2-1-1 hotline - Resource referral services
- Parent Project/Loving Solutions/Teen Project - (Simi Valley Police Department, Moorpark Unified School District) - Free parenting class, free teen personal and social responsibility class
- Prescription Drug Drop Off Box - Dispose of your prescription drugs anonymously and conveniently. Please call the property room at (805) 583-6964 to arrange an appointment or use the white phone located at the Property Window in the lobby of the department. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding holidays).
Task Force on Heroin Prevention
Over the course of its six meetings held in 2012, the Task Force on Heroin Prevention developed a coordinated, comprehensive community plan inclusive of strategies to prevent the abuse of heroin in Simi Valley. Strategies to combat the use of heroin were developed by the Task Force for implementation. These recommended strategies were reviewed by Task Force representatives from the City of Simi Valley, the Simi Valley Unified School District, and the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District and presented in a staff report to the Task Force.
As a result of this review, a final report was developed that summarized the activities of the Task Force. This final report, Simi Valley Task Force on Heroin Prevention Summary Report, documents the Task Force's strategies to be employed and the agency responsible for implementation of the strategy.
While the community plan is in place and the strategies are being implemented, the work of the Task Force has not been completed. The prevention of heroin abuse is the responsibility of the entire community, and public involvement remains crucial to the continued success of the Task Force. To get involved or get more information, please contact HeroinPrevention@simivalley.org.
The Task Force on Heroin Prevention is comprised of two representatives each from the Simi Valley City Council, the Simi Valley Unified School District Board of Education, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, and Not One More, and one representative from the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce. Task Force members are interested in the public's thoughts and ideas, and in addition to attending Task Force meetings, the public is encouraged to send an email to any of the members listed below:
Task Force Chair
|City of Simi Valleyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Task Force Vice-Chair
Board of Education
|Dee Dee Cavanaugh
Mayor Pro Tem
|City of Simi Valleyemail@example.com|
Board of Education
|Rancho Simi Recreation
and Park District
|Rancho Simi Recreation
and Park District
Vice Chair, Legislative Action
Chamber of Commerce
|Pat Montoya||Not One Morefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Pastor Dr. Paul Weir||Faith Community
(Simi Valley Community Church)