Methamphetamine and the nightmares it can create, ruins lives and families, not to mention can kill those who use it. No one can dispute that anyone who uses methamphetamine will ruin their lives and many times affect their childrens lives, who many times end up in foster care or being raised by their grandparents. Butte County is no different than many other counties, except that in many cases it may be worse.

Methamphetamine and the nightmares it can create, ruins lives and families, not to mention can kill those who use it. No one can dispute that anyone who uses methamphetamine will ruin their lives and many times affect their childrens lives, who many times end up in foster care or being raised by their grandparents. Butte County is no different than many other counties, except that in many cases it may be worse.


The Butte County Meth Strike Force (BCMSF) is comprised of many different business professionals who recognize the tremendous affects this addictive drug has on peoples lives. The group has developed an informative website:  www.2stopmeth.org, that includes the 73 page Comprehensive Substance Abuse Prevention Plan that was compiled by BCMSF and Butte County Public Health, that contains data collected from the many surveys, focus groups and meetings. This project was done as part of the California Endowment Program, along with the two day visit of Dr. Alex Stalcup and his wife Janice. A leading expert in meth use, Dr. Stalcup came to Oroville to speak to the Meth Strike Force, giving advice and explaining statistics such as 94 out of 100 users go back to using meth. "Compulsion is not rational, and it is not planned," he told the MSF.


A town hall meeting was held by the Strike Force in Gridley, on October 8, 2007, in which over 100 people attended,  not only to hear the personal stories of reformed addicts, but also to hear what the Butte County Meth Strike Force has planned for the future of this group of professionals.


A lot of great information came out of that meeting and the other meetings held in surrounding towns. The Strike Force Team has worked hard since that time to make a big difference in the lives of many. The group meets once a month and is comprised of Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff, employees of Butte County Public Health, Butte County Behavioral Health, Butte County Sheriff's Department, Tribal Health, local pastors, counselors, California Endowment representatives, public relations firms and Chico State Students, just to name a few.


Recently the group sent out graphic posters to news media with before and after pictures of two addicts that certainly depicts the ravages of years of drug abuse,  such as sunken in cheeks, skin lesions, corroded teeth and other obvious changes caused by this life altering drug.