Learn More about Substance Use in Arkansas

Did you know?

  • Delaying the onset of first use of cigarettes to age 21 has been shown to drastically reduce the chances a person will EVER smoke?
  • JUULing (use of a JUUL vaping device) has led to a staggering increase among youth e-cigarette use? At the same time, we are seeing for the first time in years, an increase in the number of youth tobacco use.
  • National Kick Butts Day is March 20
  • St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays on our nation’s roads. During the 2013-2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18), 234 lives were lost due to drunk-driving crashes.
  • In 2017 alone, 59 people (37% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
  • Between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2017, three-fourths (75%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.
  • Walking home from the bar after a night out partying? That can also be dangerous. In 2017, 32 percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher. Arrange for a sober ride or for a sober friend to walk you home.
  • Drug-impaired driving is an increasing problem on our nation’s roads. It is illegal to drive while drug-impaired, period. It’s essential for drivers to understand: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.

Upcoming Events:

  • March 15: Poinsett County Opioid Kickoff Town Hall, Trumann Community Center, 11:30 – 1:00
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 20: National Kick Butts Day
  • March 21: MATRIARC Seminar, Food Bank, Jonesboro
  • March 25: Prevention Ethics Class, Jonesboro
  • March 28: Youth Mental Health First Aid Class, Jonesboro
  • April 4: Craighead County Opioid Kickoff Town Hall, Jonesboro Municipal Building, 11:30 – 1:00

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