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Drug panel seeks town hall meetings

Town hall meetings could be one way to attack drugs and the growing methamphetamine problem in Nevada County.

County Supervisor Robin Sutherland proposed that approach Wednesday at the first meeting of the county’s new substance abuse advisory committee. Sutherland said she will ask fellow board members to host the town hall meetings in the near future.

Sutherland said she would like to see “the initial focus on methamphetamine.” She dedicated the meeting to the memory of Drew Reynolds, the UPS driver killed last week when convicted meth user Scott Krause allegedly slammed a stolen truck head-on into Reynold’s delivery van.

Committee members from the criminal justice system, schools and social agencies also decided to split themselves into three task forces for enforcement, treatment and education. The committee was formed late last year by the supervisors and will take over the duties of the former methamphetamine task force, which met several times in 2003.

There was no doubt those packed into the Madelyn Helling Library Community Room perceive a drug problem in Nevada County, particularly with methamphetamine.

District Attorney Mike Ferguson said alcohol and drugs are “related to 70 percent of the cases we handle.”

County drug case manager Dana Deily said methamphetamine use is “running rampant in our community.”

County employee Mary Cahill said the schools know who the children of methamphetamine users are. She said she also knows of a woman in Grass Valley who runs a virtual methamphetamine supermarket.

Drug expert Jim Estabrook, who has run programs since the 1960s, said educating parents on the dangers of drugs was the best answer. “Law enforcement will get overwhelmed if the community doesn’t do something,” he said.

Sutherland suggested neighborhood watch groups to attack the methamphetamine problem and a designated media contact for the committee, which will meet monthly.


Narcotics tip lines

If you suspect someone is making, selling or using drugs or narcotics, you can call these numbers:

Nevada County Narcotics Tip Line

(anonymous calls) 265-4178

Nevada County Narcotics Task Force 478-7987

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