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Some local deputies will begin carrying Narcan

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
There were 565,507 opioid prescriptions filled in Ventura County during 2016, approximately 608 prescriptions per 1,000 people.
The 93023 area code had a higher per capita rate of opioid prescriptions than the county, with approximately 768 prescriptions per 1,000 people, according to the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard.
As a result of increasing opioid use in the county, the Ventura County Sheriff's Office (VCSO) has designed a program that will equip some deputies and staff members with Narcan nasal spray, an over-the-counter medication that can treat an opioid overdose in an emergency situation.
See also: “Bike path death could become a criminal case,” Ojai Valley News, Aug. 9, 2017

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