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Founder and Chairman

Glenn County Not


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Mr. James C Bettencourt presents "Choices" a groundbreaking power point presentation viewed by thousands of children and adults from fourth grade to university classes.  Informative, gripping and thought provoking "Choices" is drug prevention reality achieving it's ultimate objective, understanding why we choose to use.  "Choices" takes the audience to a level of understanding substance abuse that few have ever experienced.  Provide students, administrators, educators, law enforcement, employees the best substance abuse prevention possible, provide the truth, provide "Choices"!  
Of America's War on Drugs" and is the Founder and Chairperson for Not In Our Town Glenn County a Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.  During  the last three years Jim has successfully chaired the Glenn County Drug Store, a collaboration which has provided drug prevention education to over 1,500 8th grade students in Glenn County.    For over seven years Jim has volunteered his work with education, law enforcement, health and human services, community and political leaders to provide substance abuse prevention through television, radio, newspaper interviews-articles,"Choices" and now America's Choice America's Shame.  In 2007 Mr. Bettencourt was honored to be a guest speaker for the State of California Alcohol & Drug Program"s National Methamphetamine Awareness Day,  the Northern California Teachers Association School Board Recognition Dinner and at the Butte County Office of Education Every 15 minutes program.              In our communities there are many heroes.  We have our teachers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, baseball coaches, doctors, parents, friends, and family, who all strive valiantly to make Glenn County a welcoming and safe environment for its residents.  Yet there are a few people who do the dirty work, who shed light on problems that are complicated and impossible to stop, even control.  Mr. James Bettencourt has been doing this dirty work for our county for nearly ten years now.  Mr. Bettencourt is a man whose desire to share the truth brings him to tears when speaking in classrooms and public places.  A man who wakes up every morning with desire to dramatically change the lives of families and children, who continues to battle popular society, and sincerely desires that no parents or children will have to face the devastation he and his son once faced,  Mr. Bettencourt has truly deserved the title, hero.    Jim Bettencourt                                           The pictures...meth mouth...meth mites, the meth aging process....powerful...his son...his personal story....powerful.  How he asked the students questions at the beginning and was able to weave it into the presentation ...powerful.  I liked the music that he had with the presentation and I liked that he brought books and could personally sign one for one of my students, she spent lunch reading chapter 1!


Also set for the meeting is a presentation on substance abuse prevention efforts to be given by Jim Bettencourt, chairman of Not in Our Town Glenn County.
Retirement benefits of city employees will also be discussed.


Jim Bettencourt is a chairperson for Glenn County's Not In Our Town Program.He said he was excited about giving away the first bikes as the drawing has been in the works for quite some time.The bikes Wednesday were from the entries that were submitted in Corning during the Olive Festival."We are giving away 10 bikes each month through December," Bettencourt said."There are numerous events where tickets can be submitted."Bettencourt said that for the first 10 bikes, Corning Police Chief Tony Cardenas will present each of the winners with a voucher for a age-appropriate bike at Wal-Mart once the winners are notified.

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Cecilia Hutsell, director of Glenn County Mental Health Services, and Jim Bettencourt, founder and chairman of Glenn County Not in Our Town, referred to the recoverers as "heroes."To those on the journey, Bettencourt said thanks "for making the choice to deal with and recover from methamphetamine addiction.You're all very much heroes ... "To Glenn County employee Chellie Gates, the program's title, "Recovery Happens" was wrong.Recovery doesn't happen; it's hard work, she said.And while they were there to celebrate each individual's hard work through "the aches, the pains, the struggles that got you here," she reminded each of the impact of drugs on children.


if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px"; document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px"; } Seven years ago Jim Bettencourt of Willows learned from a phone call that his then 15-year-old son was having a seizure. Being a happy family with no history of drug abuse, or even drug awareness, Bettencourt said he was surprised to find his son's four grand mal seizures, kidney failure and four days on life support were the result of what many argue is the most used and abused illegal drug and what Bettencourt called "an all consuming destructive evil" - methamphetamine. Bettencourt's son's near-fatal overdose can be seen on the cover of America's Choice America's Shame, where the boy is pictured in a hospital bed hooked to several life-saving needles and tubes. The book was published Oct. 16, several years after the landscape contractor decided to dedicate himself to substance abuse prevention and becoming an expert on "the reality of America's war on drugs."The book's rating on the Barnes & Noble Web site skyrocketed last weekend.Bettencourt is a chairperson for the substance abuse prevention coalition, Not In Our Town, Glenn County, which can be found online at www.end2meth.org.He has received support from St. Elizabeth Community Hospital and worked with the Tehama County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition giving away bikes, helmets and substance abuse prevention material at the Health Spree.Bettencourt said he has used all of his financial assets to teach people about meth and how no family is safe from illegal drug abuse. Man does his partBetween 3,000 and 5,000 students - from the fourth grade to college age - from five counties in Northern California have listened to Bettencourt share his experiences and the hard facts about illegal drugs. "These kids don't know what they're saying yes to," he said."I think we could at least tell them."The 52-year-old gray-haired middle-aged man connects with students through PowerPoint presentations, which have resulted in countless children and adults approaching him about their addictions or family drug problems.He has helped addicts who have called him at home desperately searching for help. Bettencourt said substance abuse programs for children are too few and too ineffective.The longest chapter in his book is titled "Bureaucratic Resistance."He said it is "sinful" that society is not providing adequate drug awareness to children living in communities inundated with meth. "We as a society are failing our children, and then we comfortably present them as the problem children," he said. Twelve billion dollars are spent on drug prevention each year, and $450 billion is spent on intervention and treatment, he said.Bettencourt said he wants to tackle the problem before it starts because people who try meth can get addicted their first time using. Bettencourt said the drug education he received in the '70s consisted of "Reefer Madness," Cheech & Chong, "Easy Rider" and "Woodstock.""Prior to my son's near-fatal overdose, I could have been the poster child for Drug Dummies of America," Bettencourt said in his book. And his education was not much different than what is taught in schools today, Bettencourt said. Bettencourt looked at the photo of his son on the cover of his book Monday, and he said it was a blessing. He said he is thankful his son is alive.He said his now 22-year-old son feels regretful.But both father and son are happy to help others. Bettencourt said the education he has received in the last seven years from life experiences is priceless.

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