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May
31
2017
City continues effort to raise drug awareness and education thanks to Tohono O'odham grant

Yuma region's anti-meth campaign continues to be led by City of Yuma Mayor, YPD and community partners.

YUMA, Ariz. –  The City of Yuma and Yuma Police Department collaborated to implement an anti-methamphetamine/anti-heroin educational awareness campaign, thanks to a $15,220.28 grant award from the Tohono O'odham Nation. 

 Titled "Don't Meth With Yuma," this anti-methamphetamine and anti-heroin effort was launched under Yuma Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls' leadership and continues efforts to educate community members in the greater Yuma area about the dangers of drug addiction and resources that can help those needing treatment. 

Grant funding from the Tohono O’odham Nation allowed Don’t Meth With Yuma to kick off by engaging community leaders, stakeholders and a variety of organizations to collaborate on future strategies to educate Yuma residents and raise awareness. 

Since receiving the grant in 2015, the City of Yuma, YPD, and AmeriCorps have raised awareness via billboard advertising; through Don’t Meth With Yuma advertisements shown in theaters; by distributing English and Spanish educational pamphlets; and by filming and producing a video shedding light on the methamphetamine addiction problem and resources that exist to connect Yuma residents with treatment options. 

Additionally, Don’t Meth With Yuma acknowledges that it takes an entire community to address a problem of this caliber and aims to bring all of Yuma together to try to prevent drug addiction through education. More information on the initiative and how to take action can be found at www.unitedforyuma.com. Community stakeholders were engaged from the following sectors/areas:

  • Political (i.e. area mayors, Yuma County Board of Supervisors, other elected officials)
  • Tribal councils
  • Public safety and law enforcement
  • Non-profit
  • Medical/healthcare
  • Treatment
  • News/media
  • Private local businesses
  • Education

More information on the Tohono O’odham Nation, which is a federally recognized tribe with nearly 30,000 members in southwest Arizona, can be found at http://www.tonation-nsn.gov

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