Search Search






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.


Helpful Resources

As COVID-19 continues to spread, there's nothing more important to us than the well-being of our community members, volunteers, and staff.

To help continue building healthier communities, MATFORCE has curated a list of helpful resources during this challenging time. This list includes support for parents, engaging options for students, important community resources, and more.

#StayHealthy. Please take good care of yourself and your loved ones. Be patient and kind as we work through these trying times. Small acts of kindness are what strengthen the threads of our communities.

MATFORCE launchs "Drugs, Not a Victimless Crime" campaign

The “Drugs, Not a Victimless Crime,” public awareness campaign focuses on the fact that there are many victims of drug use: the user, the family unit, our youth, our safety and society. 

The campaign was born out of the Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board. Since 2016, the Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board has been meeting to review overdose deaths in Yavapai County. The primary goal of the Board is to determine strategies that can be implemented to reduce these deaths. A key component of the review process is speaking to family members of the decedents.

One family interview was with the parents of “John.”  John was a 26 year old young man who died in 2018 of a heroin overdose. During the family interview, John’s mom and dad talked about the pain that they felt when John’s death was described as a “victimless” crime. They identified themselves as victims of John’s death. 

Pondering this interview, members of the Overdose Fatality Review Board discussed the many victims of drug use. Unintended consequences of drug use include accidental drug overdose death, impaired drivers, child neglect and abuse, family violence and human trafficking. Illegal drug use funds cartels who continually commit acts of violence. Homelessness is also often linked to drug use. 

The “Drugs, Not a Victimless Crime,” campaign consists of multiple images that show these unintended consequences associated with drugs. The campaign will use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms to promote this message. Currently a “Drugs, Not a Victimless Crime,” billboard is up at the intersection of State Route 69 and Highway 169.

MATFORCE Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Opioids


Prescription opioids and illegal opioids, like heroin and fentanyl, are addictive and can be deadly. More than two people die every day from opioid overdoses in Arizona.

Deadly counterfeit pills are on the rise in our communities. Learn more about the dangers of fentanyl and other opioids and how you can save a life today!

Get the Facts    |    Find Help    |    Save a Life    

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.

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 - 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
Flyer with address and phone info

Copyright 2024 MatForce.Org Terms Of Use Privacy Statement
Back To Top