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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.

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.


MATFORCE Congratulates Winners of 2018 Youth Poster Contest

MATFORCE's Youth Poster Contest is an annual event held to raise awareness among youth about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse. The grand prize winning posters will be featured on MATFORCE substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2018.

Hundreds of students throughout Yavapai County participated in the contest. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office assists in promoting this contest each year.  

Grand Prize Winners are:

  • Jared Sanders, Age 10, Skyview Charter School - K-6th Grade
  • Angelina Jonas, Age 14, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School - 7th-12th Grade

Age Category Winners are:

  • Jamie Ann Savoini, Age 5, Abia Judd Elementary - Age 5/6 Category Winner
  • Bailey Rentschler, Age 8, Abia Judd Elementary - Age 7/8 Category Winner
  • Anthony Cisneros, Age 10, Paulden School - Age 9/10 Category Winner
  • Jordan Granados, Age 12, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School - Age 11/12 Category Winner
  • Zachary Guillen, Age 14, Glassford Hill Middle School - Age 13/14 Category Winner
  • Cassidy Blake, Age 15/16, Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center - Age 15/16 Category Winner
  • Gilberto Herrera, Age 17, Camp Verde High School - Age 17/18 Category Winner

Grand prize and age category winning posters can be viewed here.


MATFORCE Announces Winners of 2018 Video Contest

MATFORCE is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 “Stand With Me, Be Drug Free” video contest. Area youth ages 11 to 18 were invited to let their voices be heard by creating an original short video that makes a positive statement about reducing drug and alcohol abuse.

In the middle school category first place was awarded to Jordan Bernal of Bradshaw Mountain Middle School. Second place was awarded to Tobias and Jubilee Okerlund, home-schooled. Third place was awarded to Abbie Booth of Clarkdale-Jerome School in Clarkdale.

In the high school category first place was awarded to Jedidiah Okerlund, home-schooled. Preston Maynard and Nick Daniels from Camp Verde High School earned second place. Third place was awarded to Emmanuel Chaidez of Bradshaw Mountain High School.

Honorable mention winners include: Jackson Luce of Basis Prescott.

View the winning entries 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
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
Flyer with address and phone info


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