SAFE Opioid and Heroin Prevention Task Force

SAFE invites you to join us every 2nd Tuesday from 2:30 to 4:30 PM for the SAFE Opioid Heroin Prevention Task Force meeting. Our next meeting is October 9th, 2018   at the Eanes Pittman Public Safety Training Center, 6610 Public Safety Way, Chesterfield, VA 23832

Please contact Valerie Murphy, MSW at murphy@chesterfieldsafe.org if you have any questions.
Click here to view more information about the SAFE OHPTF.

If you or a loved one is looking for help with heroin or opiate abuse, please visit our Get Help page for a list of local treatment resources.

 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.


Heroin 101

Did you know that 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.

Heroin PSA

Posted by Chesterfield SAFE on Thursday, September 14, 2017

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 chesterfield.gov/health/ to find out where you can get a free drug-deactivation pouch to safely dispose of your prescription medications.

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation about the
basics of heroin and the SAFE OHPTF.


MEDICATION COLLECTION UNIT INSTALLED AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS – AVAILABLE 24/7

 

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.

 

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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

Chesterfield County Opioid and Heroin Treatment Resource Card

In partnership with Chesterfield County Police Department, SAFE has created a resource card to be disseminated throughout the community for those seeking treatment and recovery to get the help they need. Click here for a detailed list of most of the programs, resources, contact information and location of the agencies and organizations listed on the treatment resource card and some additional resources.

If you would like your treatment agency or organization listed on the card and/or the Get Help page of our website, or to receive free copies of the treatment resource card, please contact Valerie Murphy, MSW at murphy@chesterfieldsafe.org

Other Online Resources:

Curb The Crisis

KnowRX

Opioids – the truth campaign

Sink or Swim