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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.


MATFORCE Congratulates Winners of 2019 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 grand prize winning posters will be featured on MATFORCE substance abuse awareness materials throughout 2019.

Hundreds of students throughout Yavapai County participated in the contest. The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office assists in promoting this contest each year.  

Grand Prize Winners are:

  • Hailey Allred, Age 9, Acorn Montessori School - K-6th Grade
  • Logan Pratt, Age 18, Camp Verde High School - 7th-12th Grade

Age Category Winners are:

  • Kendyll Procunier, United Christian School - Age 5/6 Category Winner
  • Carmen Cox, Age 8, Granville Elementary School - Age 7/8 Category Winner
  • Amelia Stoddard, Age 9, Granville Elementary School - Age 9/10 Category Winner
  • Monyka Hernandez & Jocelyn Sellars, Age 12, Oak Creek School - Age 11/12 Category Winner
  • Nina Compton, Age 13, Franklin Phonetic School - Age 13/14 Category Winner
  • Anjanette Logan, Age 16, Camp Verde High School - Age 15/16 Category Winner
  • Makenna Farrell, Age 18, Bradshaw Mountain High School - Age 17/18 Category Winner

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

#StayHealthy Essay Contest Winners Announced

MATFORCE's #StayHealthy Essay Contest is an annual event held to raise awareness among youth about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse. Students throughout Yavapai County participated in the inaugural contest.

First through Third Place Winners are:

  • Samantha Sharpe, Age 17, Camp Verde High School - 1st Place Winner
  • Arianna Rache, Age 15, Camp Verde High School - 2nd Place Winner
  • Hope Wells, Age 14, Bradshaw Mountain High School - 3rd Place Winner

Honorable Mentions include:

  • Jacob Kendall, Age 17, Tri-City Prep, Prescott
  • Delainey Kesler, Age 14, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde
  • Alice Johnson, Age 16, Prescott High School, Prescott
  • Lesly Castillo, Age 16, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Prescott Valley
  • Rachel Gosielewski, Age 15, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde
  • Heath Lawton, Age 15, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde
  • Jonathan Adame, Age 18, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde
  • Abigail Booth, Age 15, Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood
  • Cassiday Leo, Age 17, Tri-City Prep, Prescott
  • Bianca Cline, Age 15, Camp Verde High School, Camp Verde
  • Abby Nelson, Age 15, Trinity Christian School, Prescott

MATFORCE determines road map for reducing substance abuse in Yavapai County

MATFORCE has finalized its strategic plan for 2019-2020. With three main goals to achieve, over sixty MATFORCE volunteers met in early January to determine specific action steps the coalition can implement to meet these goals.

Goals include:

  1. Increase prevention capacity for youth and families;
  2. Support recovery by increasing the capacity for intervention and treatment;
  3. Support and advocate for policies that result in the reduction of illicit or harmful drug use.

MATFORCE will continue to implement a public awareness campaign on the risks and harms of drug use, conduct substance abuse education in schools, offer parenting classes and workshops, operate the Yavapai Reentry Project and host multiple projects such as Stand with Me, Be Drug Free Week, youth contests, recovery celebrations, overdose fatality review, and prescription drug take back programs.

View the final Strategic Plan for more details on the specific action steps.

What’s Trending? Youth Drug Use in Yavapai County

In 2018, almost 1,800 youth in Yavapai County completed the Arizona Youth Survey (AYS). The AYS asks 8th, 10th and 12th grade students if they are using drugs, what drugs they are abusing, why they choose to use and why they choose not to use drugs and alcohol.

Review the results of the survey and see drug and alcohol trends in Yavapai County here.

NOW AVAILABLE: 2017 Overdose Fatality Review Board Community Report

Since 2016, the Yavapai County Overdose Fatality Review Board has been reviewing overdose deaths. Based on this work an annual report has been developed with findings and recommendations. 


Safe Prescription Drug Disposal

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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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