Kern County isn't winning its fight against methamphetamine.
A new report, crafted six years after a Kern County study outlined the massive impact the drug has on families and communities here, shows things have gotten worse.
And Kern County supervisors want to find more money to fight the highly addictive chemical concoction.
Dixie King of the Kern Stop Meth Now taskforce delivered the 2014 report to supervisors Tuesday.
In May 2008, she said, the Kern County District Attorney's office reported that 37.7 percent of felonies here included meth-related charges.
This May the number jumped to 50.2 percent.
In 2008, Kern County Probation looked at a random sample of juvenile probation cases and found 17 percent were related to meth in some way.
In 2014, that random sample showed 54.2 percent of referrals in May were meth-related.
King told supervisors it will take government, business, law enforcement, churches and social service agencies working together on a complex and nasty problem to turn things around.
Children need to be kept away from alcohol, the biggest gateway drug to meth, King said.
Businesses need help combating the drug in the workplace and helping workers escape the drug.
Long-term treatment programs need to be in place to save addicts.
And law enforcement needs to combat the import of the drug into Kern County, which King said is now a major hub for meth smuggling operations that help supply the drug to the entire nation.
Supervisor Mike Maggard called for pouring "significant resources" into the fight to keep meth out of Kern County.
But King warned him that enforcement isn't the only way the addiction has to be fought.
"You can go on your phone and find six recipes (for meth) in less than five minutes," King said. "People will find ways to get it and use it."
The key to fighting meth, she said, is to fight it on all fronts.
King said that from what her sources are telling her, the increase in meth problems for Kern County is linked in part to the implementation of Assembly Bill 109, state legislation that transfered the incarceration and supervision of non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual from the state to counties.
Those offenders are being released to the streets because there isn't enough jail space to hold them.
They don't have a support system or jobs or a good education, King said, but many of them do have an addiction.
But AB 109 has also sparked the creation of treatment programs, King said, and Kern County is building more and more programs designed to get meth addicts off a drug that alters their perception of the world.
Parents also need to teach their children how to refuse meth.
"If we do not apply resources to this, our children and our children's children are in grave danger," Maggard said.
Supervisors voted to have the County Administrative Office explore funding sources that could power an increased effort to combat meth and a plan for how to step up Kern's efforts against the drug.