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

Did you know?

  • For young people, alcohol is the drug of choice. In fact, alcohol is used by more young people than tobacco or illicit drugs. Early adolescence is a time of special risk for beginning to experiment with alcohol. (NIDA)
  • Smoking and smokeless tobacco use generally start during adolescence. If smoking continues at the current rate among youth in this country, 5.6 million of today’s Americans under the age of 18 - or about 1 in every 13 young people—could die prematurely (too early) from a smoking-related illness. (NIDA)
  • Among 12th graders who use vape devices, 30% say they use nicotine, and 13% report using marijuana in the device, according to the 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey. “We are especially concerned because … some of the teens using these devices are first-time nicotine users,” said Nora D. Volkow, M.D., director of NIDA. “Recent research suggests that some of them could move on to regular cigarette smoking, so it is critical that we intervene with evidence-based efforts to prevent youth from using these products.” (NIDA)

Upcoming Events:

  • Poinsett County Health Coalition – Virtual meeting July 8. Contact us for connection information
  • Arkansas Coordinating Council Meeting – July 16, Arkansas State Police, Little Rock
  • ATOD Coalition of Lawrence County – Virtual Meeting July 17. Contact us for connection information
  • Youth Anti-Drug Coalition of Arkansas (YADCA) Conference – Virtual conference July 21-22. Contact us for information to register
  • CADCA Mid-Year Conference – Virtual Conference July 27-30. We have funds for limited community participation. Contact us for information

Stay safe, healthy, and at home (if possible) until public health officials deem it safe to resume normal activities!


Regional Prevention Program Locations:

Prevention Region 3

2013 E Main St
Mountain View, AR 72560
   

Prevention Region 4

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

Prevention Region 3

2485 Harrison St., Suite 5
Batesville, AR 72501
   

Prevention Region 7

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


Contacts:

Jonesboro:

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


Marianna:

Kendon Gray
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Cell: (870) 819.7756

Mountain View:

Margaret Morrison
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Cell: (870) 819.6970


Barbara Hacker
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Cell: (870) 819.6885


Batesville:

Shawn Vonwiller
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Cell: (870) 819.7349

Who we are:

CRDC: Prevention operates in 3 of Arkansas’s 13 Prevention Regions. These regions include 23 counties in Northeast, North Central, and Eastern Arkansas.

Region 3 Counties include: Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone, Van Buren, White, and Woodruff

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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