Prescott Valley Police Department is highlighting drug abuse efforts

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As of January 1, 2021, Prescott Valley has suffered sixteen drug overdoses, with Narcan being administered ten times. Unfortunately there was one overdose death. During the same period, Prescott Valley Police officers made 82 drug arrests. The continued collective efforts in prevention, treatment, enforcement, and the collaboration of our community can result in a significant reduction in these tragic events. Over the same period in 2020, there were 48 overdoses, 11 deaths and Narcan was given nine times.

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Methamphetamine remains the number one abused drug in Arizona, followed by fentanyl. Other common drugs are heroin and oxycodone. Drug dealers use social media like Snap Chat and Facebook to market drugs that make sales difficult to track.

According to Partners Against Narcotic Trafficking (PANT), drug use among adolescents has increased significantly. They appear to be using prescription pills but have been contaminated with fentanyl or other illegal drugs. Parents can make a difference in the fight against drugs by diligently talking to their children about drug use and by monitoring their cell phone usage.

According to our local Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition, MatForce (www.matforce.org), “Research shows that children who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use them.” MatForce is also a community -Sales site for Narcan. They offer this to everyone in our community for free. Her address is 8056 E. Valley Road, Suite B, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314, and her phone number is (928) 708-0100.

Learn more about the effects of drugs in society from these helpful and informative videos at www.dropbox.com/sh/ojyqdkf7iph2rih/AABeNzqORUkqqBOWB9FBDw3-a?dl=0.

Selling and using illicit drugs is not a victimless crime and we ask for your help in fighting this epidemic. Please report suspected drug use to the Prescott Valley Police Department, Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking, Yavapai County Silent Witness, or your local law enforcement agency.

The Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies. PANT and Yavapai County Stiller Witness can be reached at 1-800-932-3232.
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