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National Prevention Week

May 14-May 20 is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders.

Monday, May 15: Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use

  • Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world.
  • Tobacco killed one hundred million people worldwide in the 20th century — and if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.
  • Every year, tobacco kills more than 480,000 Americans and six million people worldwide. The vast majority started smoking as children.
  • Cost-effective strategies to prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke.

Tuesday, May 16:  Prevention of Underage Drinking & Alcohol Misuse

  • The earlier a youth starts drinking, the greater the risk. Research has shown that youths who drink before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence than those who begin drinking at age 21. For each year’s delay in starting to drink, the likelihood of later alcohol abuse problems decreases markedly.
  • Warning Signs of Underage Drinking
    • Changes in mood, including anger and irritability
    • Academic and/or behavioral problems in school
    • Rebelliousness
    • Changing groups of friends
    • Low energy level
    • Less interest in activities and/or care in appearance
    • Finding alcohol among a young person’s things
    • Smelling alcohol on a young person’s breath
    • Problems concentrating and/or remembering
    • Slurred speech
    • Coordination problems

Wednesday, May 17:  Prescription & Opioid Drug Misuse

  • 50% of people who misused prescription painkillers got them from friends & family. Prevention works. Help save lives by downloading SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention TOOLKIT
  • Heroin drug use typically starts with the misuse of prescription drugs, specifically prescription opioids like Oxycontin and Vicodin? Visit our Medication Take Backs page for more information about prescription drug abuse and tips for safe storage and disposal.
  • Chesterfield County Opioid and Heroin Resource Card











Thursday, May 18: Prevention of Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use 





SAFE is partnering with Wild Ginger: Pan Asian Cuisine (3734 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA 23113) during the month of  May to support  our mission to engage our community in working together to prevent and reduce substance abuse.

$2 from every “Dawson” roll sold will go directly toward SAFE. The roll is named “Dawson” in memory of our friend Laurie’s son, who battled addiction.  so remember…every little bite helps!


SAFE is working with VA ABC, Chesterfield County Police and Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development to make sure store clerks are following the law when it comes to alcohol sales.

The Office of Attorney General has secured a donation of 80,000 drug deactivation kits. These kits are available NOW at the following locations, including:

Chesterfield Health Dept.
Reception Desk
9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23803

Chesterfield County Police Dept. Substation
2730 Hicks Road
Chesterfield, VA 23235

A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is available at Walgreens Pharmacy
4201 Meadowdale Blvd.
North Chesterfield, VA 23234
Open 24 hours

SAFE, Virginia Department of Health and Chesterfield County Police Department are working to obtain another 3,500 of these drug deactivation kits in order to distribute them in the community. Click here to read more about the press release and more about the kits themselves.

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.