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Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition

Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition

Welcome to the Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition, a united group of organizations, experts, and individuals who have made it a priority to address opioid misuse and its devastating consequences. Since our founding in 2013, our coalition and partners have been able to make tremendous strides in safer prescribing practices and wider access to naloxone and medical-assisted-treatment, while working on reducing stigma associated with substance use and treatment.

Opioid-related fatalities have left scars on many families and friends of those who have been lost from all walks of life. Looking at the data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) paints a picture of a nation and state that is experiencing a public health crisis. From the 2021 CDPH report, Butte County had 62 people suffer from a fatal opioid-related overdose, over the Sacramento River, Glenn County had 4 people suffer from a fatal opioid-related overdose.

When looking at these numbers there are two important things to remember and keep in mind. Even one life lost to opioid-related overdoses is a tragedy and no life is disposable no matter the circumstance. Another important thing to note is the rate and impact on the size and characteristics of our counties, truly showing the challenges we are facing. According to CDPH data released for 2022, Butte County experienced a fatal opioid-related overdose rate of 32.73 deaths per 100,000 people and Glenn County experienced 22.76 per 100.000, both above the average California rate of 17.58 per 100,000. On top of these alarming rates, Butte and Glenn County have a smaller and more rural population adding additional challenges other counties may not face.

Our commitment is to provide you with accurate, up-to-date information and a supportive environment to help you navigate the challenges of opioid misuse and overdoses in Butte and Glenn County. Together, we can work towards a safer and healthier future for our communities.

Thank you for visiting the Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition website! We're here to help, and together, we can make a difference. Explore our website, engage with our community, and let's embark towards recovery, awareness, and healing, hand in hand.

From our founding to the present day, our Coalition has always been determined to make a real impact in the fight against opioid use disorder in Butte and Glenn County. We began receiving grant funds in 2015 from the State of California in order to improve our project capacity and we have continued to receive additional state funding every year since. Earlier this year, we clarified the administrative structure of our Coalition and added two seats to our Executive Committee. These changes will greatly improve our ability to identify our key organizational goals for the future and help our members engage in successful collaborative projects to achieve them. We are determined to establish closer relationships with our existing members and establish strong personal connections with future members as well.

Our most recent accomplishments as a Coalition came from our participation in the Accelerator 2.0 program created by the California Overdose Prevention Network (COPN), a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing overdoses in California by creating local coalitions in each county to stand up against substance use. The Accelerator 2.0 program focused on improving communication and collaboration between the members of each coalition in the program. Our Coalition’s successes and challenges can be explored through the COPN Butte-Glenn Dashboard provided below.

Between 2017 and 2018, two of our Coalition's major goals were decreasing the overall opioid prescribing rates in the two counties and reducing the number of resident overdoses due to opioids within that year.

In 2020, the Butte County Public Health Department released the official data analysis of the opioid prescription rates, emergency department visits, overdose deaths, and hospitalizations within Butte County for the year 2018. The following data discussed only pertains to the opioid prevention initiative specifically within Butte County.

In 2018, there were a total of 17 opioid-related deaths within Butte County. Through comparison with prior overdose death data, this number indicates that the annual crude mortality rate during that calendar year was 7.35 per 100,000 residents.

This demonstrates a 2% decrease in opioid-related deaths by the end of 2018 as compared to the end of 2017. Although this reduction in deaths appears small, it is a major victory for the Coalition. We believe that every life has value and that every life saved is a worthwhile effort.

In 2016, the recorded annual crude opioid prescribing rate within Butte County was 1029.28 per 1,000 residents.

By the end of 2018, the overall opioid prescription rates had decreased by 21%.

This was achieved by the hard work of our Coalition to educate and inform opioid prescribing physicians of best practices for opioid prescription tapering measures, along with how to discuss alternatives to pain management with patients.

Another huge step in preventing opioid-related deaths has been increasing the total of DEA "x-waivered" physicians within the two counties.

These physicians have been granted the legal authority to provide medically assisted treatment (MAT) to patients throughout their recovery from opioid use disorder. Data regarding the number of buprenorphine prescriptions (an essential part of MAT) indicates and gauges how well the expansion of MAT is working within Butte County.

The buprenorphine prescribing rate in Butte County was reportedly increased by 37% by the end of 2018 in comparison to previous years, demonstrating the major success that our Coalition has experienced with our outreach efforts to local physicians.

Our Coalition Members​​​​


Our Executive Committee Members

Rachel Sanchez, Dir of Community Health, Healthy Rural California

Jacob Read, SUD Program Manager, Butte County Behavioral Health

Melody Robinson, Assistant Director SUD Services, Butte County Behavioral Health

Anna Zepeda Nunez, Disease Intervention Specialist II, Butte County Public Health

Isbah Plumber, Clinical Services Project Manager, Ampla Health

Nathan Swetz, Patient Navigator, Aegis/Pinnacle Treatment Centers

Eloise Jones, Program Manager II, Behavioral Health

Glenn County Health and Human Services

Justin Moore, Americorps VISTA, COPE Project Assistant, Healthy Rural California

Katherine Perry, CSU-Chico Public Health Intern, Healthy Rural California

Our Administrative Structure

Residents of Butte and Glenn Counties: The Butte-Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition was founded and organized around meeting the needs of Butte and Glenn County residents in their struggle to overcome opioid use disorder. Improving their general well-being is our strongest core value and their position in our administrative structure reflects that important consideration. Residents of the two counties who wish to directly participate in the Coalition’s goals and activities are welcome and highly encouraged to join our General Committee.

Coalition Chairperson: The Coalition Chairperson is the primary executive officer of our Coalition. They are responsible for convening and facilitating General Committee meetings, helping the General Committee establish goals for the Coalition’s activities, and assigning Executive Committee members to specific tasks to meet those goals. They also help the General Committee establish the rules and guidelines through which the Coalition operates, serve as the official public representative and chief fundraiser of the Coalition and convene educational conferences for a broad range of stakeholders. This position is currently seeking applications for a new candidate.

Medical Co-Chairperson:

The Medical Co-Chairperson is the secondary executive officer of the Coalition. This position is always held by an actively practicing physician and is responsible for serving as the Coalition’s primary outreach officer to the medical community within Butte and Glenn Counties. They lead the Coalition’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) physicians’ workgroup, conduct academic detailing to physicians regarding current best practices for prescribing opioids, provide advice to the Executive Committee regarding all medically-related items, collaborate with the Public Health Departments in both Butte and Glenn Counties, as well as all other medically-related duties assigned to them by the Executive Committee. This position is currently seeking applications for a new candidate.

Accelerator Committee: The Accelerator Committee is composed of Coalition members who are jointly participating in the Accelerator 2.0 grant project created by the California Overdose Prevention Network (COPN). The purpose of the Accelerator Committee is to attend project meetings and work on improving collaboration efforts between Coalition members themselves and between the Butte-Glenn Coalition and other opioid safety coalitions within California.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee is the core executive body within the Coalition. Members are responsible for undertaking specific tasks assigned by the Executive Chairperson or by member consensus to meet broader Coalition goals established by the General Committee. The Executive Committee provides the general governance for the Coalition and holds separate meetings from the General Committee.

Lead Coordinator: The Lead Coordinator assists the Executive Committee in managing the day-to-day governance of the Coalition and serves as a liaison between the Executive Committee and the General Committee. They are responsible for collecting and disseminating relevant information to Coalition members, coordinating meetings of both the General Committee and Executive Committee, conducting research on potential Coalition projects and fundraising opportunities, assisting Executive Committee members in fulfilling their assigned project tasks, serving as the primary point of contact for members of the general public and all other duties assigned by the Executive Committee.

General Committee: The General Committee of the Butte-Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition is composed of all individuals and organizations who wish to participate in the Coalition. Public agencies, non-profit organizations, private companies, and individual residents of Butte and Glenn Counties are all welcome and encouraged to join the General Committee. The General Committee establishes the overall goals of the Coalition, shares members experiences and advice with each other, promotes events and educational opportunities that members may want to participate in, and serves as a community forum to generally support closer cooperation of all members towards combating opioid use disorder in Butte and Glenn Counties.

With our new Executive Governance structure, our coalition has been able to identify future projects of focus and goals for the future. Having clearly identified leadership enables our coalition to strategically break down these projects into manageable steps, which will support short-term and long terms goals in a more focused way. Our team is also working towards expanding a network of resources and communication to be used by coalitions that face similar challenges in other rural areas outside of our community.

External Resources

California Opioid Dashboard: The public has the ability to view all data related to opioids in Butte County and Glenn County through the California Opioid Dashboard. You can also view opioid-related data for any other county in California.


Butte Youth Now Website: The coalition is a gathering of community leaders, stakeholders, and youth who convene to strategize solutions and make commitments to support prevention efforts aimed at reducing alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and violence in all communities and cultures throughout Butte County.


Glenn County Alliance for Prevention: The Glenn County Alliance for Prevention (GCAP) coalition is a standing committee of community members working together to support a safe, healthy, and substance-free community for all. Subcommittees focus on marijuana/tobacco and opioids.


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