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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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MATFORCE Receives Prestigious National Award


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MATFORCE’s multi-faceted approach to reducing prescription drug abuse led to this honor and was one of only four programs to receive the award in the nation.

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There has been a 37% decrease in youth prescription drug abuse from 2012 to 2014.

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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


Pizza Box Topper Youth Art Contest

2014-winner-webCreate an anti-underage drinking poster. Get the message out: “Drinking under the age of 21 is NOT OK!”

Categories in K-12 grades

$100 cash prize in each category

Winning artwork used as pizza box topper

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stand-with-me-logo-finalThank you Cable One Advertising for producing this PSA, the Town of Prescott Valley for the use of their amphitheater, and to all of the organizations and community members that participated in this filming.

Together we are building healthier communities!

Heroin. Pills. It All Kills…

More people died from drug overdoses in 2014, than in any year on record. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid.

And since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin) nearly quadrupled.

140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

Burns Earns Prestigious Hon Kachina Award

MATFORCE Speakers Bureau member Jason Burns is a Hon Kachina Volunteer Award winner. Each year the Hon Kachina Council and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives honor deserving volunteers from across the state for their outstanding work in improving the lives of others in our communities. Burns was one of seven winners for 2016.

jason-burns-hon-kachina-awardJason, who is mentally and physically challenged from a drunk-driving accident in 2002, shares his story with children and young adults throughout Yavapai County; a story that on one hand is tragic and full of regret, but also uplifting and powerful.

Jason said, “I could allow my accident to define me or I could make something positive of my situation. It is very rewarding knowing I can make a difference in someone’s life just by sharing my own experiences. As a speaker for MATFORCE, I want students to understand that if I can save just one of them from going through what I did, that is payment enough for me.”

Watch Jason’s story: https://youtu.be/HttpAwicVuM

Winners Announced for the 2016 ‘Stand With Me, Be Drug Free’ Video Contest

MATFORCE announces the results of its “Stand With Me, Be Drug Free” Video contest.  The annual contest is designed to give youth in Yavapai County the opportunity to express their voices and opinions in order to make a positive effect on reducing the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Middle School Category First Place – Doggie Do Drugs, By Trenton Gullikson and Micah Peterson

Second PlaceDon’t Do Drugs, by Emmanuel Chaidez of Glassford Hill Middle School, Prescott Valley

Third PlaceWhich life will you choose?, by Lesly Castillo of Glassford Hill Middle School

View the 2016 ‘Stand With Me, Be Drug Free’ Youth Video contest playlist.

High School Category First Place – How to Roll a Joint, by Cameron Bloniarz of Mingus Union High School Second PlaceDon’t Worry About It, by Brett Loroi, Ethan Westling, and Zommy Zuhlke of Mingus Union High School

Third PlaceDon’t Be an @$$, Just Say Neigh!!!, by Team Digital of Camp Verde High School

Third PlaceThe Skittle Party, by Griffin Franklin, Noah Detwiler, Alex Lloyd, Patrick Wilson, Nick Doerkson, Nick Bloniarz, and Chris Williams of Mingus Union High School

View the 2016 ‘Stand With Me, Be Drug Free’ Youth Video contest playlist.

 

MATFORCE Congratulates Winners of 2016 Youth Poster Contest

MATFORCE announces Ashley Wassell, an 11-year old student from Big Park School in Sedona, and Gage Sloniger, a 13-year old student from Mountain View Preparatory School in Cottonwood, are the grand prize winners of the MATFORCE 2016 Youth Poster Contest.  In honor of their outstanding entries, these winners will each receive a $250 cash award.

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MATFORCE’s poster contest is an annual event held to raise awareness about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse.  Each year hundreds of students from throughout the county take part in the poster drawing event.  This year’s theme was ‘Stand With Me, Be Drug Free.’  Winning posters will be featured in MATFORCE substance abuse prevention materials, including posters, in prevention workbooks for schools and on the MATFORCE website.

In addition to grand prize, first place winners were selected in seven different age categories.  First place winners each will receive a $25 gift card.  First place winners by category are:  Age 5/6 – Jasmine Bryant, American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood; Age 7/8 – Brooklyn Renfroe, Mountain View Elementary School in Prescott Valley; Age 9/10 – Collin Riely Handley, Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott; Age 11/12 – Kayla Shimko, Granite Mountain Middle School in Prescott; Age 13/14 -Gicel Olivas, Camp Verde High School; Age 15/16 – Usualdo Herrera, Camp Verde High School; and Age 17/18 – Daan Enrique-Mata of Chino Valley.

To view the winning artwork click here

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