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The crisis of fentanyl in Ventura County

Hal Gatewood

By the end of 2021, the number of yearly overdose deaths in Ventura County could be as high as 270, if the current trend continues. That’s a 132 percent increase over five years. In the very first episode of The One Oh One, we cover the crisis of fentanyl in Ventura County.

You’ll hear from a doctor treating homeless people with addiction on a sandy river bed, among makeshift tents; and a medical examiner who allowed us to sit in on an autopsy. We’ll also speak to those in recovery.

“What I want people to know about opioid addiction, is that it's not hopeless.”

These are the stories of those trying to find solutions.

The digital version of this story is available here.

If you or a family member is suffering from opioid addiction Ventura County's Behavioral Health Department has a 24/7 access line you can call to get help. It's 844-385-9200. If you're concerned about someone in your life coming into contact with fentanyl you can also call this access line to find out more about the Overdose Rescue Kit.

This episode won the first place award for 'use of sound' in the Audio Journalism Category at the L.A. Press Club's 64th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards.

Michelle Loxton joined KCLU in June 2021 as Podcast and Digital Content Producer.