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Dr. Leon Cattolico earns Hon Kachina Volunteer Award

Dr. Leon Cattolico earned the prestigious Hon Kachina Volunteer Award for his work with MATFORCE in helping reduce prescription drug abuse in Yavapai County.

Dr. Leon Cattolico earned the prestigious Hon Kachina Volunteer Award for his work with MATFORCE in helping reduce prescription drug abuse in Yavapai County.

Dr. Leon Cattolico earned the prestigious Hon Kachina Volunteer Award for his work with MATFORCE in helping reduce prescription drug abuse in Yavapai County.

Dr. Cattolico joined MATFORCE in 2010 as a volunteer focused on reducing the prescription drug abuse epidemic in Yavapai County. As a physician and former pharmacist, Dr. Cattolico brings a unique perspective to the problem.

During his career he witnessed the devastation from misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications and knows the challenges prescribers face. His desire to make a difference, led Dr. Cattolico to retire from his medical practice in order to devote himself full-time to this effort, spending hundreds of hours creating and implementing real solutions.

Dr. Cattolico led the effort to increase use of the state Prescription Monitoring Program by physicians and pharmacists. The result has been a 60-percent increase in use by practitioners, directly lessening the chance for abuse.

He also assisted with MATFORCE's other prevention projects including Dump the Drugs events, installation of 10 permanent drop boxes at law enforcement offices, media campaigns, along with school and community educational presentations.

The success of these many projects can be measured among our youth. From 2010 to 2014, there has been a 61-percent reduction in 30-day use by 10th and 12th grade students, according to the Arizona Youth Survey.

The Hon Kachina Volunteer Award is a statewide recognition. Dr. Cattolico received his honor at the organization's 38th annual award presentation on May 9 in Scottsdale.

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