Who We Are

We are a diverse group of people from the greater Los Angeles area working to reduce underage drinking and drug use through prevention. We are a non-profit drug-free coalition that was formed in 2009 in response to the opioid crisis that had been on the rise across the U.S. and continues to remain a serious matter today, especially with fentanyl being so commonly widespread.

Our Vision

Our vision is for the youth of our community to reach their full potential and succeed as healthy, moral adults, unhindered by alcohol and drug use, each contributing in their own unique way to the community and world we live in.

What Drives Us

Driving us is the knowledge that saving children from using alcohol and drugs in their youth significantly decreases their chances of becoming addicted to these substances. Further, we aim to prevent substance related incidents (e.g. assaults, car accidents, self-injury, etc). Everybody deserves to live a safe and healthy life with support from their community.

Community Director's Update

Within the safe and beautiful community of Camarillo, now more than ever do we need to rise up and show support for our youth. They are our future, but they are also here right now, and they have a lot they can bring to the table. I believe the best we can do for them and ourselves is to raise their voices up, show them the support they need, educate them, and teach them life skills that will set them up for success, and taking care of ourselves so that we may show up for them even moreso. Their mental health and well-being are so important and if we want to see change for the better, let’s make sure they’re taken care of.

One activity parents and teachers can do at home with their youth is the Quiet Moment. CLICK HERE to learn more on how to implement this program.

The Saving Lives Camarillo Coalition provides a mechanism by which community members have the opportunity to come together and work to help the youth in our community understand the effects of substance use. Our primary efforts are built on the aim to reduce alcohol and drug use as well as prescription medication abuse by minors.

Your input is valuable! Please join us at our upcoming coalition meeting or contact myself at [email protected]. I look forward to working alongside you in this important undertaking.

Katherine Gross
Community Director


A Quiet Moment

A Quiet Moment is a brief period of reflection or meditation at the beginning of each school day. Since the mid-1980s, the movement has gained adherents in the U.S. and beyond as many schools, public and private, have begun to start their days with a quiet moment of reflection.
Learn more…

School and Youth Resources

Saving Lives Drug and Alcohol Coalition has become a successful and vital organization affecting the community at large and the lives of our youth in the greater Los Angeles area. We provide drug and alcohol education workshops to the community free of charge. Please contact us to learn more about hosting a workshop for your organization. Learn more…

Parents Who Host Lose the Most

Parents Who Host, Lose the Most: Don’t Be a Party to Teenage Drinking educates parents about the health and safety risks of providing alcohol to teenagers and increases awareness of and compliance with underage drinking laws.

Lock Box

It is a no brainer for a adult to decide to lock up their gun in a lock box to prevent access to their children. What about Rx meds? You would be surprised to know that in recent years deaths due to prescription drug abuse exceed gun-related deaths by over 300%. Learn more…

About Us

Saving Lives Camarillo is one of approximately 750 coalitions in the United States funded under the Drug Free Communities Support Program. The coalitions are partially funded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Police, (ONDCP), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA). Operating since 2009, the mission of Saving Lives Camarillo has been to reduce alcohol and drug use among Camarillo youth.

Our tasks have included:

  • Educating the community about current alcohol and drug use among Camarillo youth through sponsored education events and social media.
  • Informing the community about current trends in alcohol and drug use among minors.
  • Working with local schools to provide student prevention programing.
  • Providing support and guidance to parents and grandparents.
  • Contracting for direct services to high and middle school youth.
  • Disseminating information about legal issues involving minors using chemicals, including our local Social Host Ordinance.
  • Monthly public coalition and task force meetings.

Our Team:

Rabbi Aryeh Lang – Executive Director
Katherine  Gross – Community Director

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