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Operation Engage Yavapai County

"SAC Cheri OZ"
Special Agent in Charge Cheri Oz

I am Cheri Oz, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division and I’d like to welcome you to Operation Engage!

As we all know, there are far too many non-fatal and fatal drug overdoses affecting our communities, and sadly, these numbers are increasing. In response, DEA has moved toward community-level collaborative efforts to help reduce these numbers through education and awareness, using our wide range of resources.

Through Operation Engage, our division will focus on the Yavapai County communities of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley, targeting the opioid drug threat. Other components of Operation Engage include:

  • Stakeholder/Community Gatherings: To share the latest information about drug trends, drug threats, and other related pertinent information.
  • DEA’s Citizens Academy: DEA recognizes the importance of forging strong alliances with local communities and maintaining collaborative relationships with community leaders. DEA’s Citizens Academy offers participants the opportunity to understand the world of federal drug law enforcement and the important role DEA and the community together, play in combating drug trafficking, drug misuse and related violence.
  • Youth Engagement: Through programs like the DEA Educational Foundation Youth Dance Program and in collaboration with CADCA and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, children of all ages will be able to actively participate in age-appropriate activities, designed for them to learn and gain the most knowledge about the dangers of drugs in a fun way.
  • Community Outreach Programs: DEA, along with stakeholder involvement, will concentrate efforts in the communities most affected by opioid misuse. In those targeted communities, the Phoenix FD will participate in facilitating prevention strategies to include, but not limited to, drug prevention training and technical assistance for communities, coalition outreach, and prescription drug take back events to name a few.

These are only a few of the many resources and opportunities we have available to share with our communities.

I invite you, and your families, to explore our Operation Engage webpage to learn about the many resources we have available. Learning as a family, early on, is the first step in avoiding drug experimentation, drug misuse, drug addiction, and all related behaviors that are plaguing our communities.

Always at your service,

Top Local Drug Threat

"Yavapai County"Local DEA officials have identified opioids as this area's top drug threat.

Accidental and undetermined drug overdose deaths increased in Yavapai County from 47 deaths in 2018 to 68 deaths in 2019, according to the Medical Examiner's Office. Opioids contributed to about 35% of the 2019 overdose deaths.

The synthetic opioid fentanyl has hit Yavapai hard because it is very difficult for people to know 1) How much fentanyl is in a counterfeit oxycodone pill, 2) How much they are extracting from a fentanyl patch, or 3) How much they are injecting into their body.

According to local Yavapai officials, the fentanyl epidemic has claimed 50 lives in the county
in the last five years. 


"heroin, carfentanil and fentanyl"Drug Information

What Are Opioids?

Though some people still refer to all drugs as “narcotics,” today “narcotic” refers to opium, opium derivatives, and their semi-synthetic substitutes. A more current term for these drugs, with less uncertainty regarding its meaning, is “opioid.” Examples include the illicit drug heroin and pharmaceutical drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, codeine, morphine, methadone, and fentanyl.

Learn more.


WATCH: As a nation, in spite of our differences we can all agree on one common enemy: drug addiction. Prevention works when we act early.

Check out a list of our local partners and their contact information below:

City Officials/Councils/Mayors

Prescott City Council Members and/or Mayor
201 S. Cortez
Prescott AZ. 86303

Prescott Valley City Council Members and/or Mayor
7501 E. Skoog Blvd.
Prescott Valley AZ. 86314

Chino Valley City Council Members and/or Mayor
202 N. State Route 89
Chino Valley AZ  86323


Yavapai County

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors
1015 Fair Street
Prescott AZ. 86305

Yavapai County Community Health Services
1090 Commerce Dr.
Prescott AZ 86305

School Administrators

Prescott Unified School District
300 W. Gurley
Prescott AZ. 86301

Humboldt Unified School District
6411 N. Roberts Rd.
Prescott Valley AZ. 86314

Chino Valley Unified School District
650 E. Center St.,
Chino Valley AZ. 86323


US Government/Tribal
Northern Arizona VA Healthcare System
Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences
500 Highway 89 North
Prescott AZ 86301
928-445-4860 x5303

Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Police
530 E. Merritt
Prescott AZ. 86301


Business Community 

The Daily Courier Newspaper
Tim Wiederaenders, Sr. Editor
8307 E. State Route 69
Prescott AZ. 86314

Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce
175 E. Rd 2 South
Chino Valley AZ. 86323

Prescott Chamber of Commerce
117 W. Goodwin St.
Prescott AZ. 86303

Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce
7120 Pav Way #102
Prescott Valley AZ. 86314

Yavapai Regional Medical Center 
Partners for Healthy Students ~ Dignity Health
1003 Willow Creek Rd.
Prescott AZ. 86301


Faith-based Community

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ~ Young Adult Ward
1101 Sandretto Dr. 
Prescott AZ. 86305
928-445-5921; 928-445-2704

First Lutheran Church
231 W. Smoke Tree Lane
Prescott AZ. 86301

The Potters House Christian Fellowship Church
5195 N. Hwy 89
Prescott AZ. 86305
928-541-1390; 928-533-6185

Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
945 Rancho Vista Dr.
Prescott AZ. 86303

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
150 Fleury St.
Prescott AZ. 86301

Salvation Army
237 S. Montezuma
Prescott AZ. 86303
St. Luke Ebony Christian Church
12191 E. Turquoise Circle
Dewey AZ. 86327

United Methodist Church
505 Gurley St.
Prescott AZ. 86301



8056 E. Valley Road, Ste. B
Prescott Valley AZ. 86314

Looking for prevention resources specifically for young people? Go to the teen-focused site www.justthinktwice.com/. Here, they'll be able to get facts about drug use and learn ways to live a drug-free life.

Check out local youth resources below:

Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona ~ Prescott
335 E. Aubry St.
Prescott AZ. 86303

Boys and Girls Club of Central Arizona ~ Prescott Valley
8201 E. Loos Dr.
Prescott AZ. 86314

The Launch Pad Teen Center Prescott
302 Grove Ave.
Prescott AZ. 86301

YMCA of Yavapai County
750 Whipple St.
Prescott AZ. 86301

Go to FindTreatment.gov to search for general drug treatment facilities in your area. On this site, you can find facilities that offer various payment options (including free and no-cost care), youth treatment facilities, special programs for Veterans, plus more.

Otherwise, enter your zipcode below to find substance abuse treatment facilities in your area.  

Take Back Day

"Take Back day logo"National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country. 

Date: April 24, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: locations across the country

For more information, visit the official Take Back Day website.

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