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 2019 SAFE Spring Fundraiser Luncheon

Thank you for attending SAFE’s 2019 Spring Fundraiser Luncheon to help us celebrate SAFE’s 20th anniversary! We hope you enjoyed the presentations from our Keynote Speaker, Lynda Harrison Hatcher, our Special Guest, Senator Amanda Chase, our SAFE Board Chair, Frank McCracken, and SAFE’s Executive Director, Regina Whitsett.
We also would like to thank the individuals, businesses, and our sponsors that made generous donations! Your contributions make an impact on preventing and reducing substance abuse in Chesterfield County.

Aetna Better Health of Virginia

https://www.aetnabetterhealth.com/virginia/

Adams, Jenkins, and Cheatham: Certified Public Accountants and Business Consultants https://www.ajccpas.com/

Commonwealth Oral and Facial Surgery

https://commonwealthofs.com/


Rally Day 2019

On January 23, 2019, SAFE’s Opioid and Heroin Task Force met with 20 legislatures to talk about substance abuse-related bills.

   


What’s New

November 27, 2018 is National Giving Tuesday. Help SAFE in preventing and reducing substance abuse by generously donating to support our strategies and initiatives! Click the link below to donate now!

Donate for #GivingTuesday


SAFE 2018 Annual Meeting

At our 2018 Annual Meeting, we recognized 3 individuals for their work done with Substance Abuse Free Environment. Congratulations & thank you for everything you do.

21st Century Award- Campbell Pendleton

Media Champion Award- Chris Ruth

Sharyl Adams Award- Patty Fox

SAFE had an awesome panel of speakers who 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!


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

A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is also available at CVS Pharmacy locations:

13800 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA

8121 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA

64oo Iron Bridge Road
Richmond, VA


Stay Smart Project

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!

Over 459 lbs of unwanted or unused medication were collected from 115 drop-offs at the March 14th medication take-back event!

Thank you to the Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and everyone in the community who came out to make this a successful event.


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!


Richmond Family Magazine – Communities in Crisis

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


2017 Prevention Needs Assessment Survey

To view the survey, please click here.


SAFE Spring luncheon at Wild Ginger restaurant

Thank you to our business partners for your support and a special thanks to Laurie Pettit for sharing Dawson’s story!


 SAFE partnered with Wild Ginger: Pan Asian Cuisine (3734 Robious Road, Midlothian, VA 23113) during then month of  May to support  our mission to engage our community in working together to prevent and reduce substance abuse.

$2 from every “Dawson” roll sold went directly toward SAFE. The roll is named “Dawson” in memory of our friend Laurie’s son, who battled addiction.  so remember…every little bite helps!


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.