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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.
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Safely dispose of unwanted or expired medication during normal business hours at 10 locations throughout Yavapai County.
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MATFORCE receives top national honors as 'Coalition of the Year'
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MATFORCE receives Community Awareness Through Media award
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Learn about MATFORCE's history, our accomplishments, and where we are headed in 2014.
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Don’t Get Me Started, a program of MATFORCE, offers a brief monthly email that gives useful information and talking tips.   We call it being a MVP – a MATFORCE Valuable Parent.


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Don't Get Me Started, a program of MATFORCE, offers guidance for youth, parents and schools in talking about the risk of drugs and encourages making healthy choices. Click here to find out more


Marijuana Harmless? Think Again!, a program of MATFORCE, offers information on the harms of the drug marijuana and resources for prevention specialist and anti-drug coalitions. Click here to find out more


MATFORCE Announces Youth ‘Pizza-Box-Topper’ Art Contest

MATFORCE invites area youth to enter the “Say No to Underage Drinking” Youth Art Contest. Winning entries will receive cash prizes. Participating pizza stores will be attaching the winning posters to the top of their pizza boxes helping raise awareness about underage drinking risks.

Creating pizza box toppers gives youth a chance to make a healthy choice by speaking out against the harms of underage drinking.

Contest deadline is Friday, December 12, 2014 at 4:00 PM.

Click here for contest guidelines or more information.

NOMINATE A GAME CHANGER

Recognizing Those Who Are Creating a Positive Change in Our Communities.

In striving to reduce substance abuse, one of MATFORCE’s goals is to encourage positive and healthful activities and opportunities for everyone in our communities. That is why MATFORCE would like to recognize our community Game Changers.

There are many in our community who are Game Changers. Game Changers are youth or adults, who are going ‘above-and-beyond’ to increase positive community changes. They are making a real difference in the lives of others.

You can nominate a youth, adult, group, business or organization that is making an outstanding effort in Yavapai County. Outstanding efforts or projects can be in any area, not just related to substance abuse. It can be an outstanding effort that minimizes a potential risk. Or it can be a positive effort in schools, businesses or the community that increases things like: health, safety, opportunity, knowledge or skills.

Click here to nominate a program or person today!

elijah-kniselyMATFORCE and the Chino Valley Police Department are pleased to announce the winner of the recent poster contest held among Chino Valley school students. The contest was held to design anti-drug artwork for the police department’s new Humvee vehicle, which will be used at public relations events as well as in the local schools.  Many great designs were received and after a difficult judging process, Elijah Knisely, from Heritage Middle School, was selected as the first place winner.  A very close second place was Lauren Thompson, from Chino Valley High School, whose artwork will also be included on the Humvee.  We want to thank all of the students who participated for their hard work.  It was great to see so many students who realize the importance of living a drug-free lifestyle and the harms that occur when one doesn’t.

The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, along with many state and local partners, launched a multi-systemic effort to reduce prescription drug misuse and abuse in Arizona.

Proper use of pain medication is essential to decrease the possibility of misuse and abuse. Please check out these two new resources for more information:

Pain Management Brochure
Pain Management Video

Click here to reorder Pain Management brochures or other MATFORCE resources for a practitioner’s office.

Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Youth Poster Contest Announced

rebecca shaver - grand prizeMATFORCE announces Rebecca Shaver, a 16-year old student from Prescott High School, is the grand prize winner of the organization’s 2014 Youth Poster Contest.  Her winning poster gives the message that instead of “Drugs? How About Love!”   Rebecca will receive a $500 cash award.  Her winning poster will be featured on MATFORCE substance abuse prevention materials throughout 2014, including a posters, website and in prevention workbooks for schools.

Click here to view all first place winners
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