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.

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.

MATFORCE Congratulates Winners of 2017 Youth Poster Contest

Youth Poster Contest winnersMATFORCE'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 2017.

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

First place awards went to:

  • Age 5/6 Eden Okerlund, Homeschooled
  • Age 7/8 Shealee Reynolds, Lincoln Elementary, Prescott (Elementary School Grand Prize Winner)
  • Age 9/10 Harmony Murray, Mountain Valley Preparatory, Cottonwood
  • Age 11/12 Lexey Rogers
  • Age 13/14 Ella Behlow, Mountain View Preparatory, Cottonwood (Middle School Grand Prize Winner)
  • Age 15/16 Gustavo Davila, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde
  • Age 17/18 Miranda Conway, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde (High School Grand Prize Winner)

Grand prize and first place winning posters can be viewed here.

MATFORCE Announces Winners of 2017 Video Contest

MATFORCE is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 “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 Jedidiah Okerlund, home-schooled. Second place was awarded to Porsche Hamill and Joseline Estrada from Glassford Hill Middle School in Prescott Valley. Third place was awarded to Carter Gullikson from Granite Mountain School in Prescott.

In the high school category first place was awarded to Lesly Castillo from Bradshaw Mountain High School. Thomas Carabin and Lorenzo Harvey from Mingus Union High School earned second place.

Honorable mention winners include: Mile High Middle School students Micah Peterson and Trenton Gullikson; Yavapai County Youth Council members K'Lynn Busby, Ethan Rosson, Anthony Rios, Tanner McDonald, Jacob Tobin, Luke Tobin, Bastian Hamilton, and Zavier Hamilton.

View the winning entries here.

Pizza Box Topper Youth Art Contest Winners

Youth from throughout Yavapai County spoke out against underage drinking by entering the annual MATFORCE Pizza Box Topper Contest. The theme for the contest was ‘Drinking under the age of 21 is not okay.’ Winning artwork will be displayed on pizza box tops during the week of Spring Break (March 12th – March 18th). Participating pizza vendors, who will be displaying the artwork, are from Prescott, Prescott Valley, Cottonwood, Camp Verde and Sedona.

The contest winners are: Angel Garcia, 5th grade, Big Park Community School, Sedona; Jazmolin Rosas, 7th grade, Clarkdale-Jerome School, Clarkdale; and William Schultz, 12th grade, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde.

View winning posters

Arizona Opioid Summit: Turning the Tide

Be a Part of Arizona’s First Summit to Address the Opioid Crisis in Our State.

Arizona’s Opioid Summit: Turning the Tide is a place for stakeholders to convene, solutions to be conveyed and change to begin. Flyer

Monday, January 9, 2017 ~ 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North
2532 West Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, 85029

Registration $25 ~ Scholarships available Registration Closed


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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