Past Events


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

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.

 Thank you to all who attended the Annual Meeting Thursday November 3rd, 2016.   We had the privilege of hearing the Honorable Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security  speak as well as Laurie Petitt.

Awards were given to:

Media Champion – NBC12 Creative

21st Century Award – The Chesterfield Observer


Sharyl W. Adams Award – Dr. Glen Miller