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New Central Coast Center To Support Teens Battling Opioid Addiction

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County of Santa Barbara
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A new center to help teens battling drug misuse is opening on the Central Coast.

The drop-in center - called YOR Place Lompoc - is aimed at supporting adolescents, aged 12 to 24, and their families, in combatting the misuse of opioids and other drugs.

Suzanne Grimmesey from the Behavioral Wellness Department of Santa Barbara County, says the center is needed now more than ever.

"The opioid crisis has been continuing to worsen, broadly - not just in our community," she told KCLU.

"In our community alone, we are seeing younger and younger users, which is very scary.

"It's not unique to Lompoc, it's county-wide although we tend to see fewer resources in Lompoc so we are excited to be able to pilot this in Lompoc," said Grimmesey.

For more information on YOR Place Lompoc email: YORPlace@sbcbwell.org or call: (805) 260-1108.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award this year, and also won two further first place awards, for Lifestyle Feature and Personality Profile/Interview. Last year, Caroline won first place for Use Of Sound. She also won two Golden Mike Awards this year, for Best News Reporting and Best Entertainment Reporting, as well as a National Arts & Entertainment Award from LA Press Club for One-on-One interview. Caroline started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and she was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and is both an American and British citizen. Caroline lives in Agoura Hills with her daughter - her proudest production.