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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.

Stand With Me, Be Drug Free

MATFORCE, in partnership with area law enforcement and other community organizations, will be hosting Stand With Me, Be Drug Free® Week February 26 - March 3, 2018.

Stand With Me, Be Drug Free® is a community campaign that celebrates the fact that a majority of people in Yavapai County do not abuse drugs and alcohol. According to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey, 78% of youth do not use alcohol and 86% of youth do not abuse drugs.
 
Community members are also invited to attend the Walk With Me, Be Drug Free event at Mortimer Farms on Saturday, March 3rd. The walk is free and begins at 10 a.m. The event will include a one mile walk, hot chocolate, face painting, balloons, an art table, entry to the farm park, vendors and more.
 

Annual Youth Poster and Video Contests Announced

The theme for the 2018 MATFORCE Youth Poster Contest is Stand With Me, Be Drug Free®. Yavapai County youth ages 5 to 18, are invited to enter the contest. Two grand prize winners and seven category winners will be awarded cash prizes. Winning posters will be used in official MATFORCE materials.
Contest deadline is April 13, 2018.   Flyer & Guidelines
Area youth ages 11 to 18 and college students are invited to let their voices be heard by creating an original short video that makes a positive statement about reducing drug and alcohol abuse. The theme for 2018 is Stand With Me, Be Drug Free®. Cash prizes ranging from $25 to $300 will be awarded in three categories: middle school, high school and college. Entries can be up to two minutes in length and are submitted via email.
The contest deadline is Friday, March 23, 2018.   Flyer  Guidelines  Entry Form

Just Released: Overdose Fatality Review Board Community Report

For the past year the Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board has been reviewing overdose deaths. Based on this work a report has been developed with findings and recommendations.  View the Overdose Fatality Review Board Community Report 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.


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.


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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
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
Flyer with address and phone info


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