Working together to
prevent and reduce substance abuse
in Chesterfield County
National Prevention Week
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
- 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 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.
- Chesterfield Police cracks down on stores making illegal alcohol sales (NBC12, 8 Dec. 2016, 10:19 p.m.)
- Police bust Chesterfield clerks selling alcohol to minors (WTVR, 8 Dec. 2016, 6:38 p.m.)
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.
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