9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

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Updated by Santa Barbara County Sheriff Dept
1:00 p.m., March 2, 2018

On March 1, 2018, at about 10:05 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies from the Isla Vista Foot Patrol, officers from the UCSB Police Department, Santa Barbara County Fire personnel, and AMR medics all responded to a residence in the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive for an initial report of an unconscious male. 

Deputies and officers arrived within minutes and found the unconscious male lying in the backseat of a vehicle. The subject’s housemates claimed he had ingested an unknown amount of alcohol and a prescription pain reliever known as “Oxycontin.” He was immediately transported by medics to the hospital for treatment. 

While deputies and officers were still on-scene, they learned of another male subject who appeared to be suffering from an overdose. This male was carried out from the residence and had stopped breathing. A Sheriff’s deputy administered a single dose of his department issued naloxone nasal spray. After receiving the dose of naloxone, the victim’s condition improved and the subject started breathing again. Santa Barbara County Fire and American Medical Response personnel returned to the scene and took over care of the second victim. 

Deputies and officers conducted a welfare check of the residence, which revealed a small social gathering of approximately 20 college-aged subjects. Seven of the students within the group exhibited signs and symptoms consistent with a drug overdose. All of them reportedly ingested a “blue pill.” Additional ambulances were dispatched and a total of nine male subjects were transported to the hospital. All nine subjects are reportedly UCSB students. Eight of the patients have been released from the hospital and the remaining student is expected to be released today.

Naloxone Hydrochloride, more commonly known by the brand name Narcan, blocks the effects of opioids (both medications and narcotics) including extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, or loss of consciousness.

The core mission of the Sheriff’s Office is to protect life, and the opportunity for our Sheriff’s deputies to deploy naloxone within our local communities is directly saving lives.  

The Sheriff’s Office was fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and its Emergency Medical Services Agency to develop and implement a naloxone program, which puts life-saving medication as close as possible to where it is needed.


Updated by edhat staff
7:30 a.m., March 2, 2018
 
The number of those affected by the medical emergency is now being reported as nine people, all males. Three were reportedly unconscious as the fire department arrived on scene. All are expected to be ok.
 
The drug that caused this overdose has not been confirmed by officials, but heroin is suspected. 
 
By edhat staff
11:05 p.m., March 1, 2018
 
Emergency personnel are treating seven people believed to have overdosed on heroin in Isla Vista with the possibility of fatalities.
 
Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to 6549 Del Playa Drive for several medical emergencies. 
 
Scanner reports between emergency personnel stated there may be multiple casualties, however, this has not been confirmed. KEYT News is reporting the patients will be ok.
 
Numerous victims were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
 
Edhat will update this article with more information when it's available.
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Factotum Mar 03, 2018 08:25 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

Addiction process perfectly described and worth repeating. Thanks Drellim:
....."Then once taken{ Any opiate) you stop making endorphins immediately and it takes months for your body to make them again. It's that depression that takes the life and fear You have to fight harder than any fight of your life to get off the stuff, no short cuts no way no how .Health chemistry wise its almost set in stone to fail once hooked. It's a bad choice and people need to understand no one survives constant usage no one ....."

MountainMan4865 Mar 03, 2018 01:20 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

I'll admit, I stopped reading the back and forth comments yesterday. I will tell you this - blue pills are different than herion. I grew up in Goleta, hung out in SB as a teenager in the 80's. Heroin was EVERYWHERE. Fastforward 30 years later(2010ish), I had teenagers I knew cautioning me about my 6th grade son going to DP, because kids are shooting up under their tongues in the bathrooms. Pull your head out Santa Barbara, this is not a new thing. The kids from before that fell victim to it are dead, in prison, on the street, or part of a crew that either 1) professionally panhandles or 2) is stealing your mail or breaking into your cars. So you don't see them. Parents don't like to write about those stories in their Holiday Family updates.

Heroin - at least you had to work/stoop to get some and then smoke it or face a needle. This new stuff - you just need to know someone with a prescription and it's a party for all. Just pop a pill.

The problem now, is it's not just 'heroin'. It's hyped up pharmaceutical grade chemicals in a pill form. More addictive, more problematic. The same goes for the recent conversation about LSD. What we bought and took in our youths was no where near what is being sold as LSD now. Remember the kid in IV a year or so ago, who jumped through a window and then tried to have sex with the friend who was trying to calm him down while the ambulance came as he bled to death? .... thought he was buying LSD... and it was something else, sold under the same premise.

I don't really have a point other than to say that being 'shocked' that this would happen in our town, shows that either 1) you're not from around here or 2) you haven't been paying attention.

a-1520050672 Mar 02, 2018 08:17 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

May well be! Please explain your interpretation of your idea. (Mine's too political, and I'm too lazy to compose an explanation). thanks.

CoastWatch Mar 02, 2018 06:10 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

This idiots can pass an SAT test, but FAIL in life- They should all be expelled for their actions... OMG- that would mean these ADULT students would have to take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for THEIR decisions- (won't ever happen in this P/C world, they will be considered "poor victims"...)

drellim Mar 02, 2018 04:57 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

Well those blue pills are 60 mg oxycodone if you do not have a tolerance it is more than enough to kill you. The first problem is making a bad choice and you have to own that first, Seems with all the vacillation with morals and such more people are making a very bad choice ,Maybe they have a shortage of natural endorphins in there bodies, We need to make it clear this is a death sentence for the most part and it is with time the opioid talon's set in and if you do not have self control to not use in the first place you The chances of having the guts to break the habit are seldom there . We were told in school years ago the info of how bad that trail is I tried weed and later booze but never knew or saw any junkies when I was young .It was later in life with surgery and a degenerative disease that I came to know how those talon's work . So I owned it and was one of the lucky ones I guess, 0piates are not a recreational drug, Its a very bad choice. Hope they all have learned the lesson

drellim Mar 02, 2018 06:53 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

That's why they call it heroin for hero That's the way it makes you feel .If you are young and have no self pride like what you get from doing well and pride from life That euphoria is the bees knees its a sort cut to feeling good about your self .Then once taken{ Any opiate you stop making endorphins immediately and it takes months for your body to make them again it,s that depression that takes the life and fear You have to fight harder than any fight of your life to get off the stuff, no short cuts no way no how .Health chemistry wise its almost set in stone to fail once hooked. It,s a bad choice and people need to understand no one survives constant usage no one . That said people with self control who need it for pain can manage and have a better quality of life But meds must be rotated to avoid tolerance once that's up your done Sorry no real easy answer or blame of other bad habits its a bad choice

drellim Mar 02, 2018 06:52 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

That's why they call it heroin for hero That's the way it makes you feel .If you are young and have no self pride like what you get from doing well and pride from life That euphoria is the bees knees its a sort cut to feeling good about your self .Then once taken{ Any opiat you stop making endorphins immediately and it takes months for your body to make them again it,s that depression that takes the life and fear You have to fight harder than any fight of your life to get off the stuff, no short cuts no way no how .Health chemistry wise its almost set in stone to fail once hooked. It,s a bad choice and people need to understand no one survives constant usage no one . That said people with self control who need it for pain can manage and have a better quality of life But meds must be rotated to avoid tolerance once that's up your done Sorry no real easy answer or blame of other bad habits its a bad choice

Roger Mar 02, 2018 02:27 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

The fault lies with the idiot who took the drugs in the first place you want to blame everything else go ahead.

Howard Roark Mar 02, 2018 01:58 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

I'm amazed people are acting like overdosing on heroin make the user a victim of some injustice.

a-1520028416 Mar 02, 2018 02:06 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

HOWARD - I don't think anyone is really calling the users "victims" so much as some are trying to blame pot for their decision to use in the first place.

Factotum Mar 02, 2018 10:54 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

From the CDC:
" In particular, heroin use has more than doubled in the past decade among young adults aged 18 to 25 years.

Heroin-Related Overdose Deaths As heroin use has increased, so have heroin-related overdose deaths:

Heroin-related overdose deaths have more than quadrupled since 2010. From 2014 to 2015, heroin overdose death rates increased by 20.6%, with nearly 13,000 people dying in 2015. In 2015, males aged 25-44 had the highest heroin death rate at 13.2 per 100,000, which was an increase of 22.2% from 2014."

Factotum Mar 02, 2018 05:15 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

Imagine, 9 adults in the same room at the same time all with a doctor's prescription of the same drug pushed on them.

monkeyboy Mar 02, 2018 02:13 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

I doubt marijuana use has anything to do with an increase in heroin overdoses. More likely the pharma companies pushing millions of pills into the country, often to corrupt pain mills and pharmacies. These kids weren't shooting up, they were taking "blue pills"...the same oxycodone the housewife across the street from you is likely addicted to after a brief stint of back pain.

a-1520020173 Mar 02, 2018 11:49 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

FACTOTUM - there you go, at least you made the effort. However, chemical reactions in the brain due to THC use at an early age, don't account for the social and behavioral factors that cause most pot heads to not want to try hard drugs. If you really want to blame a substance for another substance's abuse, start with legal pain meds and alcohol. THOSE are what cause people to "want more."

a-1520018861 Mar 02, 2018 11:27 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

FACTOTUM - so you have nothing to back your bogus claim with. It's ok to say you're wrong you know.

Factotum Mar 02, 2018 11:35 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

NIH explores the role of pot and the "cross-sensitization" of the brain that leads to other abuse addictions:

Early exposure to cannabinoids in adolescent rodents decreases the reactivity of brain dopamine reward centers later in adulthood.48 To the extent that these findings generalize to humans, this could help explain the increased vulnerability for addiction to other substances of misuse later in life that most epidemiological studies have reported for people who begin marijuana use early in life.49 It is also consistent with animal experiments showing THC’s ability to "prime" the brain for enhanced responses to other drugs.50 For example, rats previously administered THC show heightened behavioral response not only when further exposed to THC but also when exposed to other drugs such as morphine—a phenomenon called cross-sensitization.51

Factotum Mar 02, 2018 11:24 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

Read the Sacramento Bee article also cited here that lists California's most affected opiod overdose counties - in "superior" California as of 2013. State health departments track this data - you can look this up yourself or google the SacBee article.

sacjon Mar 02, 2018 10:59 AM
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FACTOTUM - Yes, nice cite showing exactly what we ALL already know - that is, heroin ODs have increased. Now please show us where you get your "conclusion" that pot is linked to heroin due to some map you reference showing a high number of heroin abuse-related deaths in the "green triangle." Still waiting on that gem......

Luvaduck Mar 02, 2018 10:48 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

A lot of our drug woes started with the "conflict" in Vietnam creating drug addicts out of some of our vulnerable young men. As for "blame the liberals", liberals may have a hand in a lot of stuff, but they didn't start or condone that debacle.

a-1520049916 Mar 02, 2018 08:05 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

No one even knows fentanyl or carfentanil is IN the drugs!! Yeah, they should take a quarter pill - which may still kill them. I doubt they gave a crap how potent it was. I'd love to question someone and ask if they knew about adulterated street or mail/online order drugs; If they'd ever heard of fentanyl or carf. I doubt they would care -- might have been "Hey, I got this s^*t, let's party!"
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When I did harder stuff, and it was geared toward mind-expanding, we cared about preparation and setting and experience. And about purity; sometimes the drug was tested by someone first. We/I sure didn't do drugs in IV! lol

a-1520049357 Mar 02, 2018 07:55 PM
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Carfentanil or carfentanyl is an analog of the synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl. A unit of carfentanil is 100 times as potent as the same amount of fentanyl, 5,000 times as potent as a unit of heroin and 10,000 times as potent as a unit of morphine.
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Law enforcement etc. must use gloves to handle it during busts; they suffer physical effects if it touches their skin. Nothing good about fentanyl unless you're using it as you die hard or horrible from cancer or some other extreme-pain causing condition. I guess IV or subcutaneous morphine doesn't work in all cases. Yes, I have intimate knowledge, having nursed several family members to death, with VNHC Hospice care.

shorebird Mar 02, 2018 02:53 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

Assuming that none of the over dosers were suicidal and not just wanting to get high, they took too much, they overshot the runway. They must have thought that it was less potent than it actually way.

shorebird Mar 02, 2018 02:42 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

I put good in quotes because the user could get loaded on a smaller dose thus a cheaper dose. Not good in the usual sense. But good in the bargain sense.

Ducky Mar 02, 2018 10:18 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

Actually, studies are now finding that the pill (the real gateway drug to heroin, if ever there was one!) junkies are having a better time getting that monkey off their back with the help of medical marijuana.

Factotum Mar 02, 2018 05:40 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

Most recent FDA statement on Kratom - WIKI can give you more details

"Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on FDA advisory about deadly risks associated with kratom". U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 14 November 2017.

Patients addicted to opioids are using kratom without dependable instructions for use and more importantly, without consultation with a licensed health care provider about the product’s dangers, potential side effects or interactions with other drugs. There’s clear data on the increasing harms associated with kratom.

Calls to U.S. poison control centers regarding kratom have increased 10-fold from 2010 to 2015, with hundreds of calls made each year. The FDA is aware of reports of 36 deaths associated with the use of kratom-containing products. There have been reports of kratom being laced with other opioids like hydrocodone.

The use of kratom is also associated with serious side effects like seizures, liver damage and withdrawal symptoms

a-1520016791 Mar 02, 2018 10:53 AM
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Kratom is really not as bad as the DEA is making it sound. It's habit forming, but not nearly as bad as tobacco, alcohol or opiates!

a-1520014856 Mar 02, 2018 10:20 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

DUCKY - so true! I'd like to give a shout out to a little known plant called Mitragyna speciosa (aka Kratom), which has been largely touted as one of the best substances for alleviating opiate (heroin included) and alcohol withdrawals. It also has a myriad of other uses!

Concerned4Calif Mar 02, 2018 09:56 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

You work hard. Send your kid to one of the best UC schools in the state. The kid pays the parents back by deciding to sit around on a Thursday night and, rather than study, takes herion to destroy their brain cells. I am sure their parents are both scared for the health of their child and wondering what went wrong that taking herion was even considered.

a-1520049569 Mar 02, 2018 07:59 PM
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Concerned4CA, you think the kids' motive was to pay their parents back??! They feel invincible. I'll be the parents are wondering why their kids made such a bad decision. Kids should see and read aobut the worst of the worst; they should know about counterfit drugs. And more. Some of that more comes from experience, but not taking unknown drugs!

a-1520025763 Mar 02, 2018 01:22 PM
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Oh jeez, I was wondering how long it would take for the anti-SBCC crowd to show up. Yeah, UCSB students would never do something so stupid as try drugs......

a-1520024976 Mar 02, 2018 01:09 PM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

You are forgetting that one third of IV’s population is SBCC students. No classes on Friday at CC lends itself to party Thursday, and their semester system in general offers much more wiggle room for party behavior. Chances are these unfortunate drug instances are SBCC related. Due to SBCC’s growth, UCSB can no longer be solely blamed for the negative and unfortunate behavior spewing out of Isla Vista. Sad for any parent though, for sure.

oops Mar 02, 2018 09:43 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

does anyone really believe legalizing recreational marijuana isn't also going to contribute to this problem? One of the biggest mistakes CA voters made recently

a-1520015057 Mar 02, 2018 10:24 AM
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OOPS - why would legalizing marijuana increase opiate abuse? No one gets stoned and says, "hey, I want to try some heroin!" People get DRUNK and do stupid things like that ALL THE TIME. Also, those who use pain meds from their docs get hooked and want more, thus turning to heroin. Sorry, but you're blaming the wrong drug and I'm sure you know that.

420722 Mar 02, 2018 09:57 AM
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I’ve smoked marijuana for the last 20 years. Don’t drink alcohol, can’t stand other drugs, have no health issues and also hate prescription pills. So no, medical or recreational marijuana is not the problem. Your issue is with Big pharm you just can’t see it. The problem is barbiturates and other habit forming pills that lead people to heroin. Not pot. Oops.

Howard Roark Mar 02, 2018 08:52 AM
9 Suspected Overdoses in Isla Vista

KEYT is reporting 9 OD's yesterday in IV. Let the PR spin begin, and hire more Noble Prize winners.

420722 Mar 02, 2018 08:49 AM
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I partied in IV a lot in the early 2000s and there was not a heroin problem yet. It was beer, pot and coke. Heroin and meth are the worst, this is sad ;(

Roger Mar 02, 2018 07:52 AM
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I fell asleep in my chair woke up heard part of this thought it was a vehicle accident I was checking all the usual sources for info to post but did not hear a location so I cannot post without a location. I heard there were 4 green tag aka moderate injuries never would think it was this not good...

a-1520048378 Mar 02, 2018 07:39 PM
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You mean in the United States? I agree. One of the biggest drug cultures/markets in first world countries, I think.

a-1520048231 Mar 02, 2018 07:37 PM
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Of course they're stupid for taking pills when they don't know what they are or what's in them, or how they'll respond. Were the drugs mail order? Could have fentanyl or carfentanil in them. Just because pills look like an RX drug doesn't mean it is. Pure stupidity to "play" or "party" with unknown substances in this day and age. I'ts one t hing to have a beer with a vicodin you got for breaking your foot or leg. This is a much higher risk.
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Carfentanil or carfentanyl is an analog of the synthetic opioid analgesic fentanyl. A unit of carfentanil is 100 times as potent as the same amount of fentanyl, 5,000 times as potent as a unit of heroin and 10,000 times as potent as a unit of morphine.

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