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With integrity and determination we, the citizens of Yavapai County, commit to working in partnership to build healthier communities by striving to eliminate substance abuse and its effects.

MATFORCE determines road map for reducing substance abuse in Yavapai County

MATFORCE has finalized its strategic plan for 2019-2020. With three main goals to achieve, over sixty MATFORCE volunteers met in early January to determine specific action steps the coalition can implement to meet these goals.

Goals include:

  1. Increase prevention capacity for youth and families;
  2. Support recovery by increasing the capacity for intervention and treatment;
  3. Support and advocate for policies that result in the reduction of illicit or harmful drug use.

MATFORCE will continue to implement a public awareness campaign on the risks and harms of drug use, conduct substance abuse education in schools, offer parenting classes and workshops, operate the Yavapai Reentry Project and host multiple projects such as Stand with Me, Be Drug Free Week, youth contests, recovery celebrations, overdose fatality review, and prescription drug take back programs.

View the final Strategic Plan for more details on the specific action steps.


What’s Trending? Youth Drug Use in Yavapai County

In 2018, almost 1,800 youth in Yavapai County completed the Arizona Youth Survey (AYS). The AYS asks 8th, 10th and 12th grade students if they are using drugs, what drugs they are abusing, why they choose to use and why they choose not to use drugs and alcohol.

Review the results of the survey and see drug and alcohol trends in Yavapai County here.


Annual Youth Poster and Essay Contests Announced

The theme for the 2019 MATFORCE Youth Poster Contest is Stand With Me, Be Drug Free®. Yavapai County youth ages 5 to 18, are invited to enter the contest. Two grand prize winners and seven category winners will be awarded cash prizes along with up to 50 honorable mention winners. New categories were also added this year. Winning posters will be used in official MATFORCE materials.
Contest deadline is March 29, 2019.   Flyer & Guidelines

Open to all high school students in Yavapai County!
1st Place - $500; 2nd Place - $300; 3rd Place - $100; Honorable Mention - $50

Choose one of the following prompts. Please limit essay to 750 words or less.

  1. 36% of youth who use drugs and alcohol say they use to deal with stress at school. Studies show that alcohol and drugs are not positive coping mechanisms and actually add stress. How has stress impacted your life and what are positive ways to deal with stress and #StayHealthy?
  2. According to the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey, 57% of youth do not perceive drug and alcohol use as risky. Science tells us that drug and alcohol use are related to many social, physical, and emotional harms. What would you tell youth to convince them of the true harms of drug and alcohol use and why they should #StayHealthy?
  3. What would you tell your 10-year-old self to better prepare yourself for high school and how to #StayHealthy through the challenges of life?

Contest deadline is March 1, 2019.  View the guidelines and contest rules and flyer here.


NOW AVAILABLE: 2017 Overdose Fatality Review Board Community Report

Since 2016, the Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board has been reviewing overdose deaths. Based on this work an annual report has been developed with findings and recommendations. 
 

Deadly counterfeit pills are on the rise in our communities

In recent weeks, area law enforcement agencies, working with detectives from Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), have been investigating several cases involving pills containing fentanyl.

It is important to remember that even a small dose of fentanyl can cause the user to overdose or die and such incidents have occurred in Yavapai County in recent months. The pills being found in the community have no visible indication as to their contents.

As a community we can help stop this drug epidemic from claiming the lives of those we love by talking about the dangers of drug use.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, along with local law enforcement partners and MATFORCE, urge families to talk now, and often, about the dangers of drug use. With fentanyl-laced pills available in our community, it is very important that teens understand the life-threatening risk of sharing pills at parties, and how drug experimentation can have fatal consequences.

View the Community Alert here to learn more about the fentanyl and carfentanil pills being found throughout out communities.

View the Alerta Comunitaria en Espanol here.


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Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

During normal business hours...
Greater Prescott Area:
  • Chino Valley Police Dept.
  • Prescott Police Dept.
  • Prescott Valley Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Prescott Campus
Verde Valley Area
  • Camp Verde Marshal's Office
  • Clarkdale Police Dept.
  • Cottonwood Police Dept.
  • Jerome Police Dept.
  • Sedona Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Clarkdale Campus
Flyer with address and phone info


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