Working together to

prevent substance abuse

in Chesterfield County, VA


What's New

SAFE's 2013-2014 Annual Report has been released!SAFE's 2013-2014 Annual Report has been released!

On October 21, SAFE released this year's electronic annual report and celebrated the accomplishments of the past year with nearly 70 community partners and friends at the Community Ideas Station. SAFE's annual meeting highlighted the introduction of several new board members, upcoming and continuing community strategies, and our award recipients. An invitation was also issued to "Come Grow With Us" by investing time, energy and monetary resources to continue the work of SAFE in the community. 

Click here to enjoy our 2013-2014 Annual Report! 


SAFE Latino Coalition Meeting- December 10, 2014SAFE Latino Coalition Meeting- December 10, 2014

SAFE Latino Coalition is actively visiting off-premise alcohol retailers, bringing much-needed education about alcohol and drug abuse to neighborhoods and creating a Spanish media campaign.

Come be a part of what's happening. Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 10, 3 -5p.m. at Meadowdale Library, 4301 Meadowdale Blvd., North Chesterfield. Click here for meeting dates.

The meetings are held in Spanish and translated into English.This meeting is open to Latinos and non-Latinos from Chesterfield County and surrounding areas. Juan Santacoloma, Chesterfield County Multi-Cultural Liaison, is the coalition chair. 

Stop Youth Access of Tobacco and Nicotine ProductsStop Youth Access of Tobacco and Nicotine Products

Beginning July 1, 2014 retailers are banned from selling electronic cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to minors. This new legislation also mandates that all retailers post a sign with the updated language stating that the sale of e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products to any person under 18 years of age is prohibited by law. SAFE Tobacco Taskforce is doing a Merchant Education Initiative during the summer months in which they are visiting designated merchants and supplying them with information, education and tools relating to the July 1 law.  For more tools and tips about this law, visit  

Click here to see a powerful ad regarding kids and smoking.

Drinks Could Cost More Than You Think

SAFE is running a media campaign to create awareness of the cost of a DUI. The campaign is focused on preventing alcohol-related crashes among young adults 18-26 years old. SAFE is also partnerting with state and local police to increase enforcement. Click on the picture to view the commercial. Click here for costs of receiving a DUI.

SAFE receives 2014 Dose of Prevention award

SAFE was recognized for increasing awareness of the dangers of over-the-counter cough medicine abuse on February 6 with the 2014 Dose of Prevention Award. Presented by the Mr. Scott Melville, CEO of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (on the left in the picture) and Gen. Arthur Dean, CEO of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (on the right), the award included a $1500 cash prize and the production of a five-minute video about SAFE's medication abuse prevention efforts, which was shown at the awards ceremony. To view the video, click here.

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Prevent cough medicine abuse

The percentage of youths in Chesterfield County abusing over-the-counter  medicines containing the chemical DXM (a cough suppressant) is more than three times the national average (click here for statistics). DXM is an ingredient in more than 100 cough and combined cough/cold medicines in the form of liquids, capsules, tablets and lozenges. Parents should look for the message pictured above, which is printed on the packaging of all medicines containing DXM. Keep these medicines secure, monitor quantities and talk to your children about the dangers of abuse.

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SAFE holds Lock Your Meds® campaign

Are you making it easier for  teens to abuse medications? Seventy percent of teens who abuse medications say they get them from family or friends. Protect young people from abusing medications by securing them in a locked container or cabinet. Click here for information about an inexpensive lock box. Click here to view SAFE's print ad and here for the cable ad. Click here for more information about medication abuse. Lock Your Meds ® is an initiative of National Family Partnership.