Butte Glenn Medical Society

Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition

Welcome Statement

For over two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have been steadily increasing and have become the leading cause of injury deaths in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Opioids make up most of the drug overdose deaths. In 2017, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths, with 67.8% of those deaths (47,600) involving an opioid. In Butte County, there were 17 opioid related overdose deaths in 2017. Preventable deaths. This page will serve as a community resource, providing education and local treatment resources.

About Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition

Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition has been in effect and working towards reducing the opioid epidemic since 2013, although the coalition has since changed thier name to BGOSC this year. BGOSC has a multitude of focal areas of which our coalition efforts are effective, yet the number one priority of BGOSC is the reduction of overall opioid prescribing rates and the reduction of opioid related deaths. To tackle huge efforts such as these, the coalition strategically plans initiatives that will push the coalition closer to reaching their goals such as, the implementation of Safe Prescribing Guidelines and Community Education, an expansion of Naloxone Distribution, the release of more prescriber education materials, and hosting outreach and training events.

Since 2013, Butte Glenn Medical Society has been a lead organization in fighting all efforts related to the opioid epidemic. In order to address the changing needs in our community, we partner closely with county efforts and other coalitions. The Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition continues to particiapte in other coaltions, such as the Butte Youth Now Coaltion and Glenn County Alliance for Prevention. Over the years, new efforts to address the growing opioid epidemic have created a good raport for the coalition and transitioned our members into creating new professional relationships.

At the start of 2020, Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition decided to add a governance structure to the coalition, including levels where the public and outside community members could become involved, a level for our current coalition members that are in contact and frequently attending meetings, and an executive committee. The executive committee is a branch dedicated to continuously keeping a concise flow to our coalition by reaching final decisions and creating new initiatives to keep the coalition more engaged. The Executive Committee includes Jennifer Stofa, Assistant Director of Butte County Behavioral health, Michelle Saldana, Clinic Manager of Aegis Treatment Centers Chico, Kristy Bird-Makieve, Executive Director of Butte Glenn Medical Society and CEO of Health Rural California, Inc. 501c3, and Monica Soderstrom, Division Director of Butte County Public Health.

Coalition Members​​​​


Healthy Rural

Executive Coalition Members

Jennifer Stofa, Assistant Director of Butte County Behavioral Health

Michelle Saldana, Clinic Manager of Aegis Treatment Centers Chico

Kristy Bird-Makieve, Executive Director of Butte Glenn Medical Society and CEO of Healthy Rural California, Inc. 501c3

Monica Soderstrom, Division Director of Butte County Public Health


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 who face similar challenges in other rural areas outside of our community.

Two of the main initiatives for Butte Glenn Opioid Safety Coalition during 2017 and 2018 was to decrease the overall prescribing rates and to reduce the number of overdoses due to opioids. In 2020 the Butte County Public Health Department released the official data analysis of prescribing rates, emergency department visits, overdose deaths, and hospitalizations for the year 2018. The following data discussed only pertains to the opioid prevention initiative within Butte County.
In 2018 there were a total of 17 opioid-related deaths, which is the most recent data available. Prior data shows the annual crude mortality rate during the calendar year was 7.35 per 100,000 residents. Overall this is a 2% decrease in opioid-related deaths in 2018 compared to 2016-2017. Although this is a small reduction in deaths, it is still a little victory for BGOSC showing that their work is making an impact.
Overall prescription rates decreased by 21% in 2018. The prior annual crude prescribing rate was1029.28 per 1,000 residents for 2016. There was a total of 238,026 prescribed opioid prescriptions in 2018, not including prescriptions for buprenorphine. This was achieved by the coalitions work to educate and inform prescribers of tapering measures and how to discuss alternatives to pain management with patients.
Another huge step in preventing opioid related deaths has been increasing the total of x-waiver physicians within the area. These prescribers have the ability to provide medically-assisted treatment to patients throughout their recovery from opioid use disorder. The data of buprenorphine prescriptions also indicates and gauges how well the expansion of MAT is working within the county. The buprenorphine prescribing rate has increased by 37% in 2018.

The public has the ability to view all data related to opioids through the California Opioid Dashboard, which is linked here: https://skylab.cdph.ca.gov/ODdash/
You can also view the data specifically for your county.

Butte Youth Now Website: The coaltion 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. Subcommities focus on marijana/tobacco and opioids.

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