National Drug Facts Week - January 22nd - 28th, 2018

Did you know?

  • In Northeast Arkansas in 2016, 8.3% of 8th grade students reported having used marijuana, with a reported past 30 day use rate of 2.4%.
  • Also in 2016, 19.7% of 8th grade students reported drinking alcohol at some point in the past; 6.2% reported having alcohol within the past 30 days.
  • 14.6% of those 8th graders also reported having smoked cigarettes in the past, with 3.7% reporting smoking in the past 30 days.
  • Average age at first use of any substance (alcohol, tobacco, other drugs) is about 12.

Most Teens Choose to be Druge Free

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Regional Prevention Program Contacts:

Jonesboro Office Phone 870-933-0033
Marianna Office 870-298-2250
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RPP’s Health & Safety Workshops
campaign focuses are:

  1. Promoting Physical, Mental, and Emotional Health of Youth, Adults and Senior Citizens
  2. Reducing Risk Factors in our Communities, Schools, and Counties
  3. Maintaining & Building Protective Factors
  4. Hosting and Conducting Drug Prevention Workshops based upon the Strategic Prevention Framework Model (SPF)
  5. Molding Youth Leadership Skills & Prevention Knowledge
  6. Youth Becoming Mentors & Promoting “MOST TEENS CHOOSE NOT TO USE ATOD!” (ATOD-alcohol, tobacco, & other drugs)
  7. Increasing the Awareness of Secure, Monitor, and Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs

CRDC: Regions 4 and 7 Prevention Programs are two of the 8 Regional Prevention Programs in the state of Arkansas. RPP serves 13 counties in Northeast & Eastern Arkansas (Clay, Craighead, Cross, Crittenden, Greene, Lawrence, Lee, Mississippi, Monroe, Phillips, Poinsett, St. Francis, & Randolph) with 3 full-time Prevention Field Staff (CRDC: Prevention Offices located in Jonesboro and Marianna). Our full-time RPP Staff are: Dorothy Newsom, Kendon Gray, & Dr. Lisa Perry. Part-time office staff are: Cora Goodson and Pearlie Bogan.

Drug Prevention, Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles, and Building Safer Schools and Communities are the three main tasks of the CRDC: Regional Prevention Program. All three of these tasks are based upon the Strategic Prevention Framework Model (SPF). The five components of SPF are: Assessment, Capacity, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. Sustainability and Cultural Competence are interwoven through all 5 components.

Arkansas Prevention Needs Assessment Surveys (APNA) is not only an Assessment Tool but also an Evaluation Tool. It is available for schools, communities, grant writers in many diverse fields, parks department, and many others. APNA is one of the best Planning Tools in Arkansas for schools, communities, faith communities, chambers of commerce, parents and grandparents, government agencies, businesses, and many others. Thanks to our school districts, Arkansas has a wealth of information that is valuable and available for all community and county partners of health and safety. The website for this large quantity and quality information, community and county snapshots, grant procurement resources, and facts is

RPP works with 43 school districts regarding the promotion of “Drug-Free Clubs” and the participation of the students in the annual APNA Surveys. Social Norming is important in many fields, including Drug Prevention, Prevention of Unhealthy Lifestyles, Building Safer Schools & Communities, and Traffic Safety. There are a variety of APNA Results that are utilized by youth, parents, schools, communities, medical field professionals, law enforcement officers, churches, and many others. One such documentation of APNA is that the “Majority of Teens are Drug-Free!”. RPP works to increase awareness of this reality and correct perceptions of youth and adults. Perceptions influence the decisions and behaviors of people across the life stages, especially pre-teens, teens, and young adults.

Two of the RPP’s Goals are molding healthier people and building safer communities. This involves the mobilization of as many people as possible in the county. It includes support and consultation with our county coalitions and their awareness activities and events. Regions 4 and 7 are proud of our many active county coalitions, 43 school districts for their youth prevention activities & participation in APNA each year, hospitals promoting drug prevention awareness and programs, law enforcement departments and offices involved in drug prevention through their drug drop boxes, faith communities & their prevention accomplishments, and so many others. CRDC: Prevention is pleased that there are 12 funded prevention programs in Regions 4 and 7. These 12 grantees represent schools, coalitions, hospitals, faith communities, non-profit agencies working with youth and families, and others.