Drug Overdoses in the City of Oxnard

Oxnard Police Department Incident Press Release

The Oxnard community experienced the loss of two people this morning due to suspected heroin overdoses.  The first victim emergency medical services responded to was a 59-year-old female in the 1300 block of South F Street and the second a 54-year-old male just a few blocks away in the 1000 block of South F Street.  It is unknown at this point, if the deaths are related, but the time and geographical proximity is concerning.

The addiction to pain relievers such as Hydrocodone, OxyContin, Roxicodone has caused a dramatic increase in heroin use nationally and in Ventura County. Heroin is cheaper and a more readily available alternative to opioid pills.  Heroin is often cut and mixed with fentanyl to increase the potency and profitability of the drug. Fentanyl is approximately 50 times stronger than heroin and is lethal in very small dosages. A lethal dosage amount could be as little as the size of three grains of salt.

Law enforcement in Ventura County has been collaborating with agencies such as Ventura County Behavioral Health to save lives and combat the opioid epidemic. Oxnard Police Department patrol officers carry and have administered Naloxone to overdose victims.  The administration of Naloxone can potentially restore breathing, which buys vital time until EMS arrives.

If you know someone struggling with opioid addiction or drug dependency please refer to the Ventura County Behavioral Health for a list of resources available.


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4 Responses to Drug Overdoses in the City of Oxnard

  1. Tina February 11, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    Unless you have walked a mile in an addict’s shoes you have no idea what you are talking about! The bottom line is those are human beings! Stop judging and start loving!!

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  2. Mattley February 9, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    You folks are more messed up than they were. fortunately I know that you’re just ignorant. you may not feel for them or care that they’re DEAD. But they might have children, parents, or siblings who didn’t have a choice in the matter of their family members addiction. and they may have been good people who wanted to change with all their hearts but they were too guilt ridden and ashamed of their past mistakes and they found a way to get rid of that pain. that’s not to say that this is how society deals with life and emotions, cuz it’s not. but when you’d rather die than face the fact that you have let your child down who is the love of your life, you will do ANYTHING to get rid of that feeling. I agree, it’s a very selfish and destructive way to remedy your own guilt that you own and created. Nevertheless, someone loved them and wanted/ needed them here, someone prayed for them every night because they knew who they really were. and I will almost GUARANTEE that someone who you love with everything you have has fallen victim to the opioid epidemic. cuz it is EVERYWHERE. It’s not just your typical homeless, loser drug addicts and hoodlums anymore. Addiction does not discriminate.
    What have you done for someone else today?

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  3. P W Robinson February 8, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    No sympathy for dead folks. Oxnard. Check.

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  4. Joe February 8, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    No sympathy here! Addicts know what they are messing with and still choose to take drugs, that is totally their choice! Oxnard has a lot of other things to worry about besides people who choose to injest dangerous drugs!

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