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 2019 SAFE Spring Fundraiser Luncheon

Thank you for attending SAFE’s 2019 Spring Fundraiser Luncheon to help us celebrate SAFE’s 20th anniversary! We hope you enjoyed the presentations from our Keynote Speaker, Lynda Harrison Hatcher, our Special Guest, Senator Amanda Chase, our SAFE Board Chair, Frank McCracken, and SAFE’s Executive Director, Regina Whitsett.
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SAFE 2018 Annual Meeting

At our 2018 Annual Meeting, we recognized 3 individuals for their work done with Substance Abuse Free Environment. Congratulations & thank you for everything you do.

21st Century Award- Campbell Pendleton

Media Champion Award- Chris Ruth

Sharyl Adams Award- Patty Fox



CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – A MedReturn Drug Collection Unit has been installed in the lobby of Chesterfield County Police headquarters at 10001 Iron Bridge Road.

      The unit was donated to the police department by Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc., (SAFE), the substance abuse prevention coalition serving Chesterfield County. The collection unit will give residents a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Needles, syringes and other “sharps” will not be accepted.

“Our department, in partnership with SAFE and other agencies, has hosted medication take-backs regularly since 2010,” said Col. Jeffrey S. Katz, chief of police. “At those events, we have collected over 22,500 pounds of medication. This drug collection unit will allow residents to dispose of unused medications between scheduled medication take-backs.

“Like communities across the country, Chesterfield County is grappling with the devastating impacts of addiction. We continuously work, both internally and with other groups, to reduce the negative consequences of addiction through prevention, education, outreach, and enforcement. The installation of this drug collection unit is part of that ongoing effort.”

“Chesterfield County Police Department and SAFE have been partners in substance abuse prevention for many years,” said Regina Whitsett, executive director of SAFE. “We are pleased to donate this MedReturn Drug Collection safe to their agency.

“More than 61 percent of youth who used prescription drugs not prescribed to them say they found them in the home, according to the 2016 Community Youth and Young Adult surveys. Reducing the availability of drugs is critical for the protection of our youth. Having a drop box permanently located in the community will decrease youth access to unused prescription medications.”

The lobby of police headquarters is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



Authorized by: Maj. Brad Badgerow, Operational Support Bureau. For more information, please contact Public Information Coordinator Elizabeth Caroon at 804-796-7032 or SAFE Executive Director Regina Whitsett at 804-694-7794.

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

6851 Temie Lee Pkwy
Midlothian, VA 23112

A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is also available at CVS Pharmacy locations:

13800 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA

8121 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA

64oo Iron Bridge Road
Richmond, VA

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.