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NOW AVAILABLE: 2023 Overdose Fatality Review Board Annual Report

The Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board (OFRB) was formed in 2016, with the goal of determining recommendations to prevent accidental drug overdose deaths. The OFRB recently released a new report outlining overall findings on the cases that have been reviewed from 2016 – 2021. 

 

For the third year in a row, overdose deaths in our county have declined with a 20% decrease from 2020 to 2023. Rates of overdose deaths in older adults continue to be alarming. Illicit fentanyl or methamphetamines were listed as the cause of death in 84% of older adult overdose deaths.

View the 2023 Annual Report for more findings and recommendations for reversing this deadly trend.

View the 2022 Annual Report here
View the 2021 Annual Report here
View the 2020 Annual Report here
View the 2019 Annual Report here
View the 2018 Annual Report here
View the 2017 Community Report here
View the 2016 Community Report here


MATFORCE Congratulates Winners of 2024 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 Yavapai County Sheriff's Office assists in promoting this contest each year. The grand prize winning posters will be featured on MATFORCE substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2024/2025.

Grand Prize Winners:
• Lucy Johnson, age 8, Coyote Springs Elementary School, Prescott Valley, K-6th Grade
• Lilly Anne Scott, age 14, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood, 7th-12th Grade

Age Category Winners:
• Kara Holleman, age 6, Franklin Phonetic School, Prescott Valley, Age 5/6
• Delilah Chacon, age 8, Mountain View Elementary School, Prescott Valley, Age 7/8
• Damaris Noemi, age 10, Coyote Springs Elementary School, Prescott Valley, Age 9/10
• Madalyn Patton, age 12, Mile High Middle School, Prescott, Age 11/12
• Eli Begay, age 14, Franklin Phonetic School, Prescott Valley, Age 13/14 (tie)
• Natalie Brown, age 14, Mile High Middle School, Prescott, Age 13/14 (tie)
• Rachel Rodriguez, age 16, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde, Age 15/16 (tie)
• Lydia Oothoudt, age 16, Age 15/16 (tie)
• Autumn Benally, age 17, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde, Age 17/18

 

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


Counterfeit Pills Laced with Fentanyl are Circulating in the Area

ALERT: Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Task Force

Detectives from Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) have been investigating several cases involving pills containing fentanyl that mimic common medications like aspirin and Xanax.

It is important to remember that even a small dose of fentanyl can cause the user to overdose or die and such incidents have increased in Yavapai County in recent months. The pills being found in the community have no visible indication as to their contents. Through testing, many of the pills have been confirmed to contain valeryl fentanyl, which is a fentanyl analog. Varying fentanyl analogs are often 10-100x more powerful than standard medical-grade fentanyl.

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 to remember that ANY pill, if not obtained personally and in its original packaging, MAY be counterfeit and contain fentanyl or fentanyl analogs.
 
View the latest Community Alert flyer to learn more. For more information on opioids visit OpioidOD.com.

Longtime Military Leader Shares Story in Honor of National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

Col. Paul Aguirre shares the moment the opioid crisis struck his family

In November of 2019, the Aguirre family received the call no one wants. The 20-year-old family member they loved so much had died, in his dorm room, at ASU. Colonel Paul Aguirre shares the story of how the life of his young nephew was taken too soon. Colonel Aguirre is with the Arizona National Guard and has proudly served in the U.S. Military for more than 33 years.

Did you know that one in 30 youth ages 12 through 17 has misused over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine for its dextromethorphan (DXM) ingredient — and one in five young adults has misused a prescription drug?

Help raise awareness of the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) cough medicine and prescription (Rx) drug misuse during National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM) throughout October.

Find out more at PreventMedAbuse.org


MATFORCE partners with multiple organizations to promote "Yavapai Stronger Together"

Yavapai Stronger Together

It's important to remember that asking for help is a normal part of life. If you are struggling with stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic and you need help, there is help available. Call 1 (877) 756-4090 and speak with someone confidentially today.


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Greater Prescott Area:
  • Chino Valley Police Dept.
  • Prescott Police Dept.
  • Prescott Valley Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office - Gurley Street Station and Williamson Valley Substation
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Prescott Campus
Verde Valley Area
  • Camp Verde Marshal's Office
  • NAH-Camp Verde Primary Care
  • Clarkdale Police Dept.
  • Cottonwood Police Dept.
  • Jerome Police Dept.
  • Sedona Police Dept.
  • Yavapai County Sheriff's Office
  • Yavapai College Police Department - Clarkdale Campus
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