Redding Restart: Addressing Drug Addiction
Free Community Forum
March 15th, 2024
9am – Noon

Location: Simpson University, Owens Student Center, 2211 College View, Redding, CA

Hosted By Jonathan Anderson Executive Director of the Good News Rescue Mission

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Addressing Drug Addiction: A Fentanyl Epidemic

Addressing the Fentanyl epidemic requires a comprehensive approach that involves multiple stakeholders: Medical, Treatment, Law Enforcement & Government. This is bigger than we know.

We believe public awareness is paramount to inform our community. This public forum is to inform our citizens about the dangers of Fentanyl and its potential consequences.

We will hear:

  • Signs of Opioid overdose & the risks associated with Fentanyl use.
  • Demographics effected & Prevention Awareness
  • Treatment & Rehabilitation
  • Law Enforcement Stats & Governmental Action Steps
  • Life story of a former addict

When you register, this will be your chance to ask the questions you may have regarding Opioid/Fentanyl. Those questions will be submitted to our panel of experts to answer during the forum. We welcome tough questions. This is a scary drug that is affecting not just Shasta County but crosses all society groups across America.

Prepare to be shocked. This is not an easy crisis to dig into, but dig we must.

We’re not claiming to have all the answers, but we’re ready to have the conversations that will lead to solutions. I think you can agree that none of us can afford to be apathetic about a social problem that impacts all of us. We need a restart!

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Sheriff Michael Johnson – Shasta County Sheriff/Coroner

Sheriff Johnson was born and raised in Gilroy, CA. He originally worked at a lumber mill in Gilroy, and then later building/remodeling custom homes as carpenter. A couple years after working in the trade he decided to return to school. He completed his general college education through night school while employed full time at the lumber mill. Mike was accepted to Humboldt State University in 1991 and moved to Eureka, CA, to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree. In 1994 he took a leave of absence from HSU to attend the California Department of Fish and Game (POST-certified) peace officer academy in Napa, CA. After successfully completing the academy, he returned to HSU and completed his BS degree in Wildlife Management. Mike went to work for the Eureka Police Department 1996 as a patrol officer. He held several specialty positions throughout his law enforcement career, including Evidence Technician, Problem Oriented Policing Unit, Narcotics, K9 Handler, and SWAT. Mike has been awarded the Region VIII California Narcotics Officer of the Year award. He was a Drug Recognition Expert instructor, teaching courses across the state including at the CHP academy in Sacramento, CA. Mike also holds California POST Certificates for Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisory and Executive. In July of 2007 Mike attended the FBI National Academy (FBINA). Shortly after graduating from the FBINA, Mike accepted a position as Chief of Police for the small prison-affiliated City of Ione (Amador County, CA). He worked as Chief of Police in Ione for five years. In 2012 Mike accepted employment as the Chief of Police for the City of Anderson. While employed with the City of Anderson, Mike earned a master’s degree in criminal justice. He was employed as the Chief of the Anderson Police Department for over 9 years. On July 27, 2021, Mike was appointed as Shasta County Sheriff, and was subsequently elected as Shasta County’s 23rd Sheriff-Coroner. Mike has been married to his wife Rosemary for 30 years. They have two sons, a 37-year-old hard working resident of San Diego, CA. and a 27-year-old United States Marine Corp veteran who currently works for the Redding Police Department as a Police Officer. Mike’s favorite hobbies include hunting, fishing, and dog training.

Kimberly McKinney-Tighe – Shasta County Clinical Program Coordinator

Kimberly currently serves Shasta County in numerous roles. She is a clinical supervisor at Shasta County Behavioral Health, where she works with teams in the alcohol and drug department and criminal justice programs. Kimberly has been a alcohol and drug professional for 22 years, a licensed marriage and family therapist for 16 years, and an adjunct professor at Simpson University for over 10 years. She is also a professional who has herself experienced a life with alcohol and drug recovery. 

Joseph Hughes – Good News Rescue Mission Recovery Program Manager

Joseph Hughes is the Program Manager at the Good News Rescue Mission, where he dedicates his time to supporting individuals in need. With a heartfelt commitment to helping others, Joseph is currently pursuing his education to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Beyond his professional endeavors, Joseph enjoys spending time outdoors, whether it’s fishing or hunting. Above all, Joseph treasures moments spent with his family.

Joseph’s journey hasn’t been without its challenges, he has faced personal struggles with addiction that have shaped his perspective and fueled his passion for assisting others on their paths to recovery. 10 years clean and sober he continues to draw from his journey and education to help others, Joseph brings empathy, understanding, and firsthand knowledge to his work, inspiring hope, and transformation in those he serves.

In both his personal and professional life, Joseph’s mission remains the same: to extend a helping hand, offer guidance, and support individuals. With his blend of compassion, experience, and ongoing education, Joseph continues to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those he encounters.

Tenessa Audette – City of Redding Mayor, CA. State Representative

Tenessa Audette is a wife, mom of three teenagers, a California Native and is currently serving as the Mayor on the Redding City Council.

She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sonoma State University.

Tenessa currently works as the First District’s Representative for the California State Senate. This position has given her the opportunity to connect citizens to resources and the ability to navigate complex governmental agencies. 

She is a graduate of Leadership Redding, and served on the Steering Committee, organizing the Government program for the last five years.

Her liaison assignments include Fire, Planning, Economic Development, LAFCO, Shasta Regional Transportation Agency and the California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG) Board of Directors.

Medical Drug Addiction Expert Presentation by Dr. Myles Ketchum, MD

Dr. Ketchum is a Family Physician at Shasta Community Health Center (SCHC) in Redding, California. Dr. Ketchum has a Ph.D. in Pharmacology with specialty in substances of abuse, and he is the Clinical Coordinator of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services at SCHC. Dr. Ketchum has a long history of substance use treatment and research and will take the board exam in Addiction Medicine in Fall, 2024.

Dr. Ketchum did his undergraduate education at San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology. He attended a dual MD/PhD degree program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA where he received a PhD in 2015 and MD in 2017. Dr. Ketchum completed his medical residency at Mercy Family Health Residency Program in Redding, CA, and has been working at Shasta Community Health Center since 2020.

Dr. Ketchum has been doing research involving drug of abuse since 2007, and he has several publications involving substances of abuse and has presented at national conferences involving addiction treatment. He is a part-time faculty teacher for 2 local medical residencies and provides medical education and specialty consultation to local physicians on substance use treatments.

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