Past Events

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.


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

Over 459 lbs of unwanted or unused medication was 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.