‘Tweekers affect us all’
A Nevada County woman is seeking a special panel to address area problems caused by methamphetamine.
Mary Cahill said Tuesday she would ask the new Nevada County Substance Abuse Advisory Committee today to form a special methamphetamine subcommittee. The advisory committee was created by the Board of Supervisors in November and has 13 members to evaluate the county’s substance abuse needs, facilities, special problems and services.
Cahill told The Union she sees the ravages of methamphetamine in her job with the county’s Child Protection Services department and in her daily life. Meth users – whom she calls “tweekers” – “frequent every grocery store, supermarket, gas station and avenue of our community. The children of addicts go to our schools and are easily recognized by their teachers.”
Cahill said the methamphetamine problem “is of epidemic proportions and is silently destructive in ways those unfamiliar would never imagine. It touches every single person, sooner or later, to some extent.”
Cahill was partially spurred by the Jan. 6th case in which Scott Krause, 37, allegedly drove a stolen truck directly into a UPS van driven by Drew Reynolds, 34, killing Reynolds.
Krause has been charged with murder and several other counts stemming from the death. His ex-wife said he told her before the crash that he had been awake for five days, and she believed he had been using methamphetamine. Court records show Krause has been a methamphetamine user in the past.
A county methamphetamine task force of law enforcement, government and community members was formed in 2002. That effort has been turned over to the substance abuse advisory committee, according to the sheriff’s office.
The committee is made up of representatives of law enforcement, the courts, education, the district attorney’s office, the public defender’s office, the supervisors and child abuse councils. It meets at 3:30 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, next to the Rood Center government building off of Highway 49.
Know and Go
What: Nevada County Substance Abuse Advisory Board
When: 3:30 p.m. today
Where: Madelyn Helling Library Community Meeting Room. The library is next to the Rood Center government building in Nevada City off of Highway 49.
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