Rehab centers see rise in substance abuse

More nurses, teachers seek help with addiction during pandemic

This is the second of a two-part series. As the country enters its seventh month of being upended by the pandemic, local behavioral health workers are reporting yet another side effect of the COVID-19 crisis. Across the county, treatment centers for people with substance use disorders are seeing a wave of risky drug and alcohol use that they say leaves […]

Teen sees glass half-full during coronavirus pandemic

COMMENTARY /// The student point of view

There is a widespread view that the teenage way of life has been utterly destroyed by the coronavirus. And while many adults pity our generation and its current state of disconnect, I feel otherwise. Before the lockdown I would wake up at 5:45 a.m. while the sky was still painted with blackness, and drive myself to school for my 7 […]

Local drug, overdose deaths decrease for first time in three years

But pandemic may cause spike in substance abuse

Part one of a two-part series For the first time in three years, Ventura County deaths resulting from drugs or alcohol have decreased, according to the county medical examiner’s 2019 overdose report. The medical examiner’s office reported 149 deaths—equaling one death every 2½ days—in Ventura County last year, 21 fewer overdose deaths than in 2018. Released in September, the report […]

Orange is the new health awareness

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome rare, but affects many

Each year, a worldwide event know as Color the World Orange takes place on the first Monday of November. CTWO is an initiative to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, a neuropathic condition that leaves many of the afflicted in severe disabling pain that is often lifelong. The syndrome, while considered a rare condition since it affects fewer than […]

Demand drop forces Los Robles pediatric intensive care unit to close

After four years in operation, Los Robles Regional Medical Center is closing its pediatric intensive care unit due to a decline in demand. The Thousand Oaks hospital will shutter the four-bed unit as of Dec. 16. The unit opened in 2016 in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group, whose doctors staffed the one-wing unit. The pediatric ICU treats […]

Town hall talk on COVID vaccine

A virtual town hall meeting on COVID-19 vaccine information will be held at 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 28 on Facebook Live. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and a group of scientists and health care leaders will discuss vaccine development during the pandemic. The conversation will address the design, testing and mass production of vaccines to help Ventura County residents gain a greater […]

Covid Clinic offers quick results on three types of tests

Covid Clinic is one of the first coronavirus testing clinics to offer 20-minute results on tests for coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), while also making available group testing and expedited checks for travelers. Covid Clinic has 13 drivethrough testing locations in California, including one at 350 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The clinic says it has tested over 100,000 people to date. […]

‘Power of Pink’ goes online with cancer talks

Los Robles Health System will present the 24rd annual virtual Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar: Let’s Grow Old Together with the Power of Pink this month. A new online program on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer will debut at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The talks then remain online to view at a later time. This year’s “virtual living room” event […]

Pandemic moves college traditions online

Universities go remote for campus visits and tours

Fall is an exciting time for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students often travel near and far to visit colleges and get an idea of what their lives would be like on campus. Those weekend traditions changed this year, though, as universities were forced to close their campuses to visitors and suspend their regular tours due to the pandemic. […]

Program on anti-Semitism at Jewish academy

The Conejo Jewish Academy will host a town hall discussion via Zoom with Alan M. Dershowitz on the subject of anti-Semitism. “Standing Strong: A Lamb Amongst 70 Wolves, The Battle Against Anti-Semitism in America, Israel and Abroad” will take place at 7 p.m. Wed., Oct. 21. In his talk, Dershowitz will discuss the battle against anti Semitism not only in […]

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