Custody Deputies Resuscitated Additional Inmate at Main Jail

By the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

Custody deputies at the Main Jail successfully deployed Narcan, saving the life of a third inmate in one week.

On Saturday, September 9, 2023, at approximately 3:49 p.m., custody deputies found an unconscious inmate inside a cell in the receiving area. They immediately radioed for an emergency medical response and began rendering aid. Staff administered one dose of Narcan to the inmate who quickly regained consciousness and was transported by medics to an area hospital for follow-up treatment.

The Sheriff’s Office would again, like to remind the public of the dangers of opioids and opioid overdose, as well as the importance of recognizing the signs of an opioid overdose and accessibility to the opioid reversal drug, Narcan. Opioid overdose can be due to many factors including deliberate misuses of a prescription, illicit opioid use (such as heroin), or use of an opioid contaminated with other even more potent opioids (such as fentanyl).

Overdose can also occur when a patient takes an opioid as directed but for which the prescriber miscalculated the opioid dose, when an error was made by the dispensing pharmacist, or when the patient misunderstood the directions for use. In each of these scenarios, it is vital to recognize and be prepared for a possible life-threatening opioid overdose emergency.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that we continue to offer FREE Narcan at each of the Sheriff’s substations.  Members of the public can come to the lobby of ANY Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Station during business hours, obtain information about a short instructional video and receive Narcan.

Below is list of Sheriff’s Office locations where the public can receive FREE Narcan:

Buellton Sheriff’s Station
City of Buellton Police Department
140 W. Highway 246
Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 686-8150

Coastal Bureau Sheriff’s Station
City of Carpinteria Police Department
5775 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93103
(805) 568-3399

Goleta Valley Patrol Bureau
City of Goleta Police Department
4434 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
(805) 681-4100

Isla Vista Foot Patrol
6504 Trigo Rd.
Isla Vista, CA 93117
(805) 681-4179

Lompoc Valley Sheriff’s Station
3500 Harris Grade Rd.
Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 737-7737

New Cuyama Sheriff’s Station
70 Newsome St.
New Cuyama, CA 93254
(661) 766-2310

Santa Maria Sheriff’s Station
812 W. Foster Rd.
Santa Maria, CA 93455
(805) 934-6150

Santa Ynez Valley Station
City of Solvang Police Department
1745 Mission Dr.
Solvang, CA 93463
(805) 686-5000


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  1. It boils down to money. If there is enough money in it, people will find a way to circumvent security. The weakest part of security at the jail isn’t the walls and fences, it is the people. Without the walls and fences, it would be way easier to get drugs in, but with walls and fences in place, the flow of drugs, cell phones, contraband gets funneled through the gates carried by trusted people and by young prisoners looking at long sentences with nothing to lose.
    At the state level almost all contraband comes in through the gates but next to none of it is brought by the prisoners from County Jails. None gets over the walls or fences, it is the gates. The problem at the state level is corruption through the gates.

  2. In Thursday’s overdose incidents the inmates were found in what was identified as the dayroom/housing area. Saturday’s overdose victim was found in the receiving area. I understand a person is booked into the jail (photo, prints, ID info, etc.) in the booking area. Pending assignment to a specific area/cell in the jail after booking, I wonder if they are placed in this “receiving area” cell. If this occurs, among other possibilities, Saturdays victim may have walked in with the drug, ingested or concealed. More data could eliminate this walk in possibility.

    • Drugs are like bugs. They find their way into everything, everywhere. Add in the fact that Fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and extremely potent, which means it can be added to the most benign of items, and you will never rid the jails of drugs or overdoses. No walls, no draconian security, no elimination of every freedom will ever decrease the use or the flow of substances.
      Humans have an innate desire to change consciousness and as time rolls on, we will continue to develop more and more substances that aide in that pursuit. You can either accept this fact and work within the boundaries of human nature, or you can ignore nature. Most of you choose to ignore the facts and push policies and ideologies that are detrimental to everyone.

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