Learn More about Youth Mental Health Challenges and Substance Abuse in Arkansas Schools

Did you know?

  • Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. In 2016, 24 million Americans, age 12 and older, reported using the drug within the past month (SAMHSA).
  • Among youth, heavy cannabis use is associated with cognitive problems and increased risk of mental illness (SAMHSA).
  • Over the past two decades, hospital treatment admissions for marijuana have increased significantly, which coincides with the sharp rise in potency of marijuana (ONDCP).
  • In our state, more youth use marijuana than any drug except alcohol. Marijuana also had, by far, the lowest perception of risk. In fact, fewer than 50% of youth in the state believed marijuana use is harmful (APNA 2018).

Upcoming Events:

  • July 4 Holiday weekend! Please stay safe! Don’t drink, use drugs, or use other substances, particularly if you plan to drive or go boating.
  • Out of the Dark Coalition Meeting, July 9, Jonesboro
  • Cross County Coalition Meeting, July 9
  • Poinsett County Partners in Health Coalition Meeting, July 9, Harrisburg
  • Tobacco Merchant Training, July 10, St. Bernard Auditorium, Jonesboro
  • Cornerstone Coalition Meeting, July 11, Pocahontas
  • CADCA Midyear, July 14 – 19, Dallas Texas
  • Greene County Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, July 15, Paragould Community Center
  • Poinsett County Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force, July 16, Tyronza Community Center
  • Crittenden County Coalition Meeting, July 17, West Memphis
  • State Coordinating Council Meeting, July 18, Little Rock
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training, July 22 – 25, Jonesboro
  • ATOD Town Hall Meeting, July 25, Black Rock
  • ATOD Coalition Meeting, July 26, Walnut Ridge
  • Tobacco Merchant Training, July 31, Blytheville, ANC College

Regional Prevention Program Locations:

Prevention Region 4

2401 Fox Meadow Lane
Jonesboro, AR 72404
Phone: (870) 933.0033
Fax: (870) 933.0048

Prevention Region 7

593 HWY 243
Marianna, AR 72360
Fax: (870) 298.2249



Dr. Lisa Perry
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Cell: (870) 273.2921


Kendon Gray
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Cell: (870) 819.7756

Who we are:

CRDC: Prevention operates in two of Arkansas’s thirteen Prevention Regions. These regions include 13 counties in northeast and eastern Arkansas.

Region 4 Counties include: Clay, Craighead, Greene, Lawrence, Mississippi, Poinsett, & Randolph.

Region 7 Counties include: Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Monroe, Phillips, & St. Francis.

What We Do:

  • Raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • Provide substance abuse prevention support and programs in our regions
  • Provide speakers for schools, churches, civic organizations, and others wanting to learn more about prevention
  • Provide materials to individuals, schools, churches, law enforcement, or any group who needs them
  • Recruit and participate in the Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment (APNA) surveys
  • SYNAR Tobacco Compliance checks and coverage studies
  • Provide assistance to community coalitions, drug free clubs, and others