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Bill's Newscast: Yavapai County Drug Problem?

04 December 2017  

MATForce looks at drug overdose deaths in the county. 

Prescott road delays

Watch for delays on Prescott streets this week due to maintenance work and construction.  City Street Maintenance crews are scheduled to make pavement repairs on Copper Basin Road near Sheriff’s Posse Trail starting tomorrow.  Traffic will be one way through the work zone and flaggers will be in place.  Work hours are 7 am to 3 pm through this Friday.  Meanwhile, over at the corner of Pioneer Parkway and Willow Creek Road, crews will be pouring and forming new concrete pads as part of the Zone 12 Water Pump Station project.  Large trucks and heavy equipment will be accessing the site at the corner of Honeysuckle Road and East Morning Glory Lane.  Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today through Thursday.  Crews are also performing earthwork and extending the existing drainage culverts on Highway 89 between the Highway 89A and Pioneer Parkway interchange and Granite Dells.  Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm today through December 16th.   

MATForce discusses report from Drug Overdose Fatality Review Board

A Yavapai County Board has found the area doesn’t have an opioid problem, but rather a drug problem.  About a year and a half ago, members of MATForce, Yavapai County’s Substance Abuse Coalition, started looking at the rash of drug overdose deaths in the county. MATForce Executive Director Merilee Fowler says the drug overdose fatality review board did a lot of research. A community report from the Board’s work has found a significant percentage of county deaths last year involved mixed drug intoxication.  That report is available at  Fowler explains prevention efforts need to start early. Fowler says the Board will be entering into the implementation phase of the report.  For more information on implementation meeting registration, call the MATForce office at (928) 708-1000.  

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