SAFE hosted our 2018 Annual Meeting on November 8, 2018 at CTC Hull. At our meeting, SAFE had an awesome panel of speakers. Our speakers discussed and educated the attendees about JUULs and E-Cigs, Alcohols Impact on the Latino Community, Cannabis Legislation and Regulations, and Opioids and Heroin. Thank you speakers for sharing your time and expertise with us!
We would also like to congratulate our 3 award recipients:
– Chris Ruth- Media Champion Award
– Campbell Pendleton- 21st Century Award
– Patricia Fox- Sharyl Adams Award
SAFE is holding a video viewing session for our CARA Stay Smart Project. We are looking for rising 6th graders to watch the 19 minute video about the consequences of substance abuse then fill out the feedback form. We are allowing 15 people to register and the first 10 participants to show up will receive a $5 Chick-Fil-A gift card. The viewing session will be on July 24, 2018 at the Mayes-Colbert Ettrick Recreation Center from 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you are interested, click on the link to register!
Registration link for viewing session
2018 SAFE Spring Fundraiser Luncheon
Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 SAFE Spring Fundraiser Luncheon this year at Independence Golf and Country Club! And a special thank you to Dr. Martin Buxton, M.D. for presenting at this event as well as our Board Members for your participation and support!
Today is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. This is a time when charities, families, businesses, the community, and students come together to give generously to the causes that are near and dear to their hearts.
Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc. (SAFE), is a nonprofit substance abuse prevention coalition whose mission is to engage our community in working together to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth and families.
In 2017, we collaborated to reduce opioid and heroin overdoses in our community, we advocated to keep marijuana out of the hands of our children, and we ran an expansive media campaign to change young adult behaviors around drinking and driving.
Your donation to SAFE will allow us to continue our important work in 2018. A tax deductible donation will enable us to distribute:
5,000 Use You Lose Bags to 5th grade students while educating them about the dangers of drug use;
10,000 Opioid and Heroin Treatment Resource cards directing those with substance use disorders to available help in the community;
2,000 Social media posts and mass media spots aired to prevent alcohol related crashes on our roadways;
17,400 pounds of prescription medication collected from regularly scheduled medication take back events.
We are excited about the future of SAFE and encourage you to be one of our many community partners by donating to us this #GivingTuesday. Thank you for making a difference by helping us continue drug prevention in Virginia.
“When it comes down to it, education is important, but attitude and the people you surround yourself with makes the most difference. I have been lucky to surround myself with positive influences and advocates for a drug free lifestyle. Continue to talk to us, we are listening!” Clara P., SAFE youth volunteer
Imagine the problems of a typical suburban teen: Calculus test? Girlfriend issues? Not sure what to wear to prom?
Most people don’t picture heroin addiction.
I would say that we’re just a normal family,” said Henrico County mom Jenny Derr. “I was room parent for my kids, on the PTA board, and we sat down and ate dinner together every night.”
But the model family was shattered when they learned their son, Billy, a popular student at Mills Godwin High School, was addicted to drugs. After struggling for several years to stay sober and kick the addiction, Billy passed away from an overdose on April 12, 2016.
Billy Derr’s addiction wasn’t an isolated problem.
“Just a few weeks into my term, I learned what too many parents already know: We have a (prescription opioid) problem,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a group of concerned citizens at an event at Godwin. “There is no typical heroin or opioid abuser. It can touch every one of us. The numbers don’t seem real, they’re so large.” READ MORE