April 7, 2023

Event – The Fentanyl Crisis: What You Need to Know Now

The Fentanyl Crisis: What You Need to Know Now

Learn About Latest Trends and Burprenorphine in Primary Care for Our Patients

May 9, 2023 • 5:30–8:00 PM

Las Posas Country Club, Camarillo

Ventura County faces a crisis of fentanyl deaths. In 2022 there were 181 accidental overdose deaths involving fentanyl. In just three short years our county has experienced a 445% increase in fentanyl fatalities. However, these deaths only represent a fraction of the total number of Ventura County individuals, families, and communities harmed by substance misuse, and suffering daily from chronic use disorders. We invite you to join us in changing this reality.

In facing our local crisis, the importance of practitioner training in substance use disorders cannot be overstated. All members of a patient’s care team play important roles, but primary care providers are pivotal in providing increased access to treatment. The recent elimination of the X-waiver requirement to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder offers the chance to expand access to treatment in primary care settings, which can turn the tide of the opioid crisis.

  • Hear from local experts and discuss with peers the latest overdose trends
  • Learn about recent legislative changes related to opioid use disorder treatment
  • Receive provider and patient resources that can assist in expanding access
  • Discuss factors at the provider, health system, and patient levels that serve as barriers to accessing buprenorphine-based treatment.
  • Learn skills needed to screen, counsel, treat, and coordinate care
  • Help us bend the trend!

Join the Discussion May 9th!

National Fentanyl Awareness Day



  • Chris Young, M.D.
    Ventura County Chief Medical Examiner
  • Sergeant John Hajducko
    Ventura County Sheriff’s Office
  • Joseph C. Vlaskovits, M.D.
    Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine, Program Director, Community Memorial Healthcare Psychiatry Residency Program; Faculty, Ventura County Medical Center Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship; Medical Director, Substance Use Treatment Services, Ventura County Behavioral Health
  • Tipu Khan, M.D., FAAFP, FASAM
    Chief of Addiction Medicine at VCMC; Family, Emergency, and Addiction Medicine; Fellowship Director, Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship; Faculty, Family Medicine Residency Program, Ventura County Medical Center; Adjunct Clinical Professor, USC Keck SOM
  • Mathew Lamon, D.O.
    Family and Addiction Medicine; Core Faculty, Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program; Associate Program Director, VCMC Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship

CME credits will be available for this event. Dinner and Refreshments will be served.

If you have questions regarding this series, please contact Ashley Nettles at Ashley.Nettles@ventura.org.

Prescribers are key to creating change in our community.

Thanks to exceptional local collaboration, Ventura County has seen a decrease in opioid prescribing in recent years – a 24% reduction between 2017 and 2020 – as providers have employed safe prescribing practices and increased use of non-narcotic pain management strategies.

Unfortunately, overdose deaths continue to climb, largely due to illegal fentanyl, which has replaced much of the local heroin use and is contributing to the rising number of overdose emergencies. As a concerned local provider, we invite you to join the Prescriber Discussion Series:

  • Hear from local experts and discuss with peers the latest trends and best practices.
  • Get provider-focused resources to reduce misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD).
  • Learn the new State guidelines and latest tools for patient care and provider coordination.

Connecting because we care. For our patients and for our community.


  • September 21, 2022
    Person-Centered Strategies to Reduce Opioid Overdose
  • August 31, 2022
    Deprescribing is Good Prescribing
  • June 8, 2022
    Evidence-based Safe Prescribing
  • May 11, 2022
    Latest Trends in Overdose: What Prescribers Need to Know About Illicit Fentanyl


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