Mission Statement



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.

2018 Arizona Drug Summit

Two Day Event!
September 24 - 25, 2018
Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N. 25th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Keynote Speaker: Bertha Madras, Ph.D.
Harvard professor, research scientist, inventor, educator, writer and member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis will present Elements of Effective Prevention, Intervention and Treatment.


Featured Speakers:  
Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Sheila Polk, Yavapai County Attorney
Dr. Cara Christ, Director, AZ Department of Health Services Shana Malone, Clinical Initiatives Project Manager, AHCCCS
Maria Cristina Fuentes, Director, Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family Jo McGuire, Jo McGuire Inc.
Colonel Frank Milstead, Director, AZ Department of Public Safety  





Summit Topics:
• Emerging Drug Threats in Arizona:  Meth, Marijuana, Synthetic Drugs, in the Midst of an Opioid Crisis
• Arizona’s Drug Landscape – Myths, Facts and Challenges
• The Role that Trauma Plays in Drug Use and Addiction
• Sneak Peek of the 2018 Arizona Youth Survey
• Impact of Substance Use on Businesses and the Workforce
• Innovative Programs that has Arizona Leading the Way in Treating Opioid Use Disorder
• Keeping Communities Whole through Collaborative Partnerships

Learn first-hand successes and challenges and how we can unite for solutions from government officials, treatment professionals, the medical community, school personnel, prevention experts, law enforcement, harm reduction experts and the business community. View the agenda for more information.

  • $50 registration fee includes 2-day event.
  • Registration is closed for this event.
  • AZPOST Training Credit available for sworn personnel.
  • Continuing Education Credit (CLE) available for attorneys and counselors.
  • Scholarships are no longer available.

View a list of hotels in the vicinity here.

The AZ Drug Summit was made possible by funding from the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Partnership for Success Grant; Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; Governor's Office of Highway Safety; US Drug Enforcement Administration; and MATFORCE. Support for the Summit was provided by the following sponsors: 


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.

Just Released: Overdose Fatality Review Board Community Report

For the past year the Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board has been reviewing overdose deaths. Based on this work a report has been developed with findings and recommendations.  View the Overdose Fatality Review Board Community Report here.

New PSA: Addiction starts early

According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, 9 out of 10 people with a substance use disorder started using drugs and alcohol before they were 18 years old.

Parents: Talk early, talk often! Whether you're having trouble finding the time or the right words, support and resources are available to help. Discover helpful scripts developed by professionals to help you get conversations going with your child. Talking tips include topics for preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and young adults.

Concerned your child is already using drugs or alcohol? Find resources to get help and support today.

Thank you, Cable One Advertising for producing this PSA and the multiple community members willing to share their recovery journey.


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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