Working together to
prevent and reduce substance abuse
in Chesterfield County

What’s New

We are asking individuals between the ages of 18-25 years to share their opinions about alcohol, prescription drug misuse and heroin use. The survey will also evaluate the change in drinking behaviors and patterns after the viewing of the SAFE Roadways in Chesterfield County media campaign “#HoldtheKeys”. This survey is completely anonymous, and will be used to help inform prevention efforts in our community. The survey is 35 questions long and it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

The survey link is:

**We also have a Spanish-language survey available at

At the end of the survey (both English and Spanish surveys), participants will be able to enter a drawing for one of three prize packs, all of which include Chick-fil-A gift cards, wireless speakers, pool floaties, yard games, assorted other fun and outdoor items and gift certificates for a dozen Sugar Shack donuts, rock climbing, laser tag and ice skating. Three random winners per survey will be chosen and announced by August 31st. They will be announced via Facebook and altered individually via the provided email address.

The next Medication Take-Back Event will be held at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center on July 28, 2018. Stop by between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to drop off any unwanted medication for safe disposal to prevent drug abuse and protect our environment!

If you cannot make it to our medication take back events, remember you can always go to one of the Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk locations listed below.

A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is available at Walgreens Pharmacy locations:
4201 Meadowdale Blvd.
North Chesterfield, VA 23234

6851 Temie Lee Pkwy
Midlothian, VA 23112

Please save the date for the Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA) 2018 State Summit! The 2018 CCoVA State Summit is titled “The Power of Community Collaboration to Impact Substance Abuse” and will focus on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery strategies being successfully implemented throughout the state.  SAFE will co-present a workshop about collaboration through our opioid and heroin prevention taskforce.  Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard will present about the highly recognized Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP) that’s helping inmates recover at our local jail.  Please save the date and plan to attend!

Visit the Community Coalitions of Virginia Webpage for more information!

 The Office of National Drug Control Policy—the people who work to reduce drug use and increase access to prevention, treatment and recovery services on a federal level and evaluate, coordinate, and oversee international and U.S. anti-drug efforts, and the Ad Council—the people working to improve public life have partnered with the Truth campaign to speak the facts and share resources to end the opioid epidemic. Watch Kyle’s true story of his opioid use disorder.

Visit Truth: Opioids to learn more about this campaign and how you can become a part.

Don’t be an accidental drug dealer…

61% of people ages 12 and older who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend or family member. Visit to find out where you can get a free drug-deactivation pouch to safely dispose of your prescription medications.


Richmond Family Magazine – Communities in Crisis

Imagine the problems of a typical suburban teen: Calculus test? Girlfriend issues? Not sure what to wear to prom?

Most people don’t picture heroin addiction.

I would say that we’re just a normal family,” said Henrico County mom Jenny Derr. “I was room parent for my kids, on the PTA board, and we sat down and ate dinner together every night.”

But the model family was shattered when they learned their son, Billy, a popular student at Mills Godwin High School, was addicted to drugs. After struggling for several years to stay sober and kick the addiction, Billy passed away from an overdose on April 12, 2016.

Billy Derr’s addiction wasn’t an isolated problem.

“Just a few weeks into my term, I learned what too many parents already know: We have a (prescription opioid) problem,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a group of concerned citizens at an event at Godwin. “There is no typical heroin or opioid abuser. It can touch every one of us. The numbers don’t seem real, they’re so large.” READ MORE

Over 459 lbs of unwanted or unused medication was collected from 115 drop offs at the March 14th medication take back event!

Thank you to the Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and everyone in the community who came out to make this a successful event.

A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is available at Walgreens Pharmacy locations:
4201 Meadowdale Blvd.
North Chesterfield, VA 23234

6851 Temie Lee Pkwy
Midlothian, VA 23112

As of December 21, 2016, naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, is now available at all Walgreens Pharmacy locations in Virginia without a prescription. Click here to read more about the announcement that affects 33 states and Washington, D.C. As of November 2017, naloxone is officially stocked in EVERY Walgreens Pharmacy in Virginia, and is available without a prescription.