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The mission of the Butte County Public Health Department (BCPHD) is to protect the public through promoting individual, community, and environmental health. 

Opioid Community Resources

What are prescription pain meds (opioids)?

Opioids are drugs most commonly prescribed for acute, short-term pain, post-surgery recovery, or for cancer patients. You may know them by name: Oxycodone, Codeine, Morphine, Fentanyl. Opioids aren’t meant to cure pain. They just mask it. Even though opioids are prescribed by a doctor, using them in any way other than prescribed, even occasionally, is dangerous. The way prescription opioids affect your brain is the same as heroin, making them both risky and highly addictive.

Butte County Health Officer, Dr.Andy Miller explains what opioids are and what the community is doing to reduce opioid misuse and abuse:

Do you have unwanted or unused medication or prescription pain meds sitting in your home? 

Prescription pain medication should be discarded after their intended duration of use has been completed.

Medication Drop-off Locations:

Walgreens Pharmacy   Chico   1042 Nord Ave. 
Butte Regional Household Hazardous Waste Facility   Chico  1101 Marauder St.
Oroville Police Department  Oroville   2055 Lincoln Blvd.
Orchard Hospital  Gridley   240 Spruce St.

Prescription Drug Misuse Prevention

The nationwide opioid epidemic remains concerning for Butte County as our age-adjusted drug induced death rate is still roughly 2.5 times as high as for the state of California overall. Our primary prevention efforts are focused on preventing people from misusing opioids before they are exposed to them. These includes the development and use of community wide safe prescribing guidelines, academic detailing – a method of working with physicians and other prescribers in our region to reduce unnecessary prescriptions of opioids, outreach to schools to educate adolescents and young adults on the risks associated with misusing opioids, drug take-back events and safe drug disposal sites to help keep opioids out of the hands of people they were not prescribed to.

The Butte-Glenn Medical Society Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, working with a coalition of concerned physicians, have created the following Butte County Opioid Prescribing Guidelines. These include instructions for when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain, opioid selection, dosage, follow up and discontinuation, and assessing risk and addressing harm of opioid use.

View the Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for:

Primary Care Providers | Emergency Care


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Prescription Opioid Treatment & Recovery

Medication Assisted Treatment

For people who have already been exposed to opioids and are currently misusing or abusing them, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and behavioral health services are available. MAT reduces the adverse physiological symptoms, such as cravings and withdrawals, by combining behavioral therapy and medications that help to block opioid receptors in the brain. MAT includes assessment, individual and group counseling, physician review and monitoring, and case management.

MAT Services in Butte County

Butte County Behavioral Health 
To enroll in MAT, please attend one of the following outpatient center orientation and screening days. The center will provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to individuals facing prescription opioid and substance abuse challenges. These services are available for MAT is available for people ages 18 and older.

Orientation and Screening Locations: 

  • Chico | 560 Cohasset Rd., Suite 165 | 530-879-3950
    Call for an appointment.
  • Oroville | 2430 Bird Street | 530-538-7277
    Call for an appointment.
  • Oroville Stepping Stones | 2167 Montgomery St | 530-538-4359
    Call for an appointment

Learn more about MAT services at Butte County Behavioral Health:

  • Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm: 530-879-3950
  • After hours line: 530-891-2810

Enloe Behavioral Health (Private Insurance)
Enloe Behavioral Health is the only voluntary acute-care inpatient mental health program for adults age 18 and older in the North State. The program offers complimentary assessments 24 hours a day, seven days a week through appointments or walk-ins. Enloe accepts private insurance and Medicare. Enloe Behavioral Health is not a detox program. If you or a loved one needs help and you are unsure if you are a fit for this program, call Enloe Behavioral Health for help connecting with the best resources for your needs. The program is strictly confidential.

Enloe Behavioral Health | 560 Cohasset Road, Chico | 530-332-5250 or 1-800-560-5900
Open Monday - Sunday, 24 hours a day


Find a certified MAT treatment doctor:

Click to search for a list of all certified physicians who provide MAT services in Butte County.

Harm Reduction: Naloxone

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with the misuse and abuse of opioids and other substances. The use of Naloxone, the opioid antidote, to prevent or reverse overdose is a strategy for reducing serious injury and death from opioid misuse and abuse. Naloxone is a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is administered when a patient is showing signs of an overdose, blocking the opioid receptor sites and reversing the toxic effects of the overdose. The medication can be given by intranasal spray, intramuscular (into the muscle), subcutaneous (under the skin), or intravenous injection.

Need Naloxone?

Speak to your doctor about naloxone. It is also possible to acquire naloxone from a pharmacy without a prescription.

Do you know the signs of an overdose?

Thousands of people die each year from drug overdose. They come from all walks of life. Do you recognize the signs and symptoms of overdose? What is the impact of drug use and overdose on family, friends and those experiencing it? Learn the signs and symptoms of an overdose and how to help prevent an overdose tragedy.

Butte County Opioid Coalition

The Butte-Glenn Medical Society Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force consists of Butte County Behavioral Health, Butte County Public Health, Butte-Glenn Medical Society, and many other county partners. The Coalition has been working to address the opioid epidemic in Butte County through education and outreach, including:

  • Coordination of medical community endorsed Safe Prescribing Guidelines
  • Providing academic detailing/education to the medical community
  • Outreach to schools to educate about the risks associated with misusing opioids
  • Working with law enforcement and other first responders by providing education about the use of Naloxone, the opioid antidote, to prevent or reverse opioid overdose in the field.
  • Educating prescribers to co-prescribe Naloxone to patients at risk of opioid overdose
  • Planning events and forums


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