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

Did you know?

  • November is Lung Care Awareness Month
  • In Northeast Arkansas, youth report using tobacco (4.4%) and marijuana (4.9%) at similar rates, with reported alcohol use (9.2%) and prescription drug misuse (1.4%) also in use among youth in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades.(2018 Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment)
  • Smoked marijuana has also been associated with an increased risk of the same respiratory symptoms as tobacco. (NIDA)
  • 90% of Americans who meet the criteria for addiction started smoking, drinking, or using drugs BEFORE age 18. (National Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse)
  • Although JUUL is currently the top-selling e-cigarette brand in the United States, other companies sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Examples include the MarkTen Elite, a nicotine delivery device, and the PAX Era, a marijuana delivery device that looks like JUUL. (CDC)
  • As parents, one critical protective factor for your child is being consistent in your “NO drugs, NO alcohol” message. Repeat it frequently so there is no doubt about how you feel. Don’t assume your children know where you stand – they want you to set boundaries that help them make life choices. (DEA)

Upcoming Events:

  • ATOD Coalition Hosts showing of “If They Had Known” Documentary November 2nd, Black Rock Methodist Church
  • Lawrence County Foothills Festival, November 2nd
  • Out of the Dark Coalition-Youth Recognition Banquet, November 4, Community of Christ Church
  • NEA RE-ENTRY Coalition Meeting November 6, Temple Baptist Church
  • Cornerstone Coalition Meeting, November 7, Pocahontas
  • Senior Expo, November 8th, Nettleton Baptist Church
  • Lawrence County Opioid Response Team Meeting, November 8, La Casita Mexican Restaurant
  • Out of the Dark Coalition Meeting, November 12, Jonesboro
  • Cross County Coalition Meeting, November 12
  • Community Initiative Partnership For Success Meeting, November 12, Jonesboro
  • Poinsett County Partnership Health Coalition, November 12
  • Prescription Drug Summit, November 14, Hot Springs
  • ASU vs Coastal Carolina, November 16, Jonesboro
  • Greene County Prevention Project Kickoff, November 18, First United Methodist Church
  • Crittenden County Coalition Meeting, November 20
  • State Coordinating Council Meeting, November 21t, Little Rock
  • ATOD Coalition Meeting, November 22, Walnut Ridge
  • ASU vs Georgia, November 23rd

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

Deonna Vincent
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Cell: (870) 919.5813

Linda Williams
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Cell: (870) 520.9842


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
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