What We Do

SAFE’s mission is to engage our community in working together to prevent substance abuse.

SAFE…

  • Develops community partnerships, expanding substance abuse prevention efforts to all sectors of the community.
  • Advocates for laws and policies that reduce substance abuse and for funding for initiatives that have been proven effective in curbing substance abuse.
  • Increases awareness of substance abuse issues and works to strengthen community norms that support substance abuse-free living.
  • Involves youth in leadership roles to influence their peers, adults and community leaders about the value of substance abuse free living.

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SAFE Executive Director accepting an award from VCU  for SAFE reducing the motor vehicle crash rate among 18-24 year-olds for alcohol impaired drivers by 37%. We received the award during the May 3rd-4th the Wellness Conference in Williamsburg.

The coalition focuses on community-wide initiatives to prevent substance abuse rather than on programs or activities that target individuals or small groups. Some of SAFE’s major activities have included:

  • Teen Ambassadors: Teen Ambassadors are high school sophomore, junior and senior volunteers who represent Chesterfield County and SAFE as an ambassador of goodwill.
  • Teen Leadership: SAFE helps develop teen leaders. Teens participate as buyers for
    underage compliance checks.
  • Use, You Lose: A campaign reaching children from kindergarten through grade 12 and their parents, Use, You Lose stresses consequences of substance abuse.1962842_754838477882528_5632666778890585844_n

Underage Drinking Prevention: Alcohol use is the most pervasive problem among the greatest number of Chesterfield youths. SAFE’s prevention efforts have included:
– teach-ins by the chief of police
– radio ads recorded by teens
– ongoing compliance checks
– partnerships with complying alcohol  retailers
– promoting safe and sober high school graduations.

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Student Stay SMART assembly

Stay SMART Presentation

  • Prescription Drugs: The abuse of prescription drugs and over the counter medications is an increasing problem among Chesterfield youths. The past 30-day use of prescription narcotics by Chesterfield high school seniors was 70 percent higher than the national average. Have you talked to your children about prescription drug abuse?
  • Tobacco: Prevention is key. Teens who don’t smoke before age 18 are unlikely to ever develop the habit.