SAFE conducted a focus group session consisting of males between the ages of 16-29 years old who had previous experience with substance abuse and were part of a behavioral skills building group. Following the contributions from this focus group, SAFE worked with GMMB to create a new PSA, focusing on the participants’ thoughts regarding preventing drug-impaired driving and substance abuse. GMMB created the new “Lose” PSA in English and Spanish, both timed at 0:15 and 0:30. The PSA can be viewed at the below link.

Click to view SAFE’s latest media campaign: LOSE


Click to view SAFE’s 2022 Annual Report


Thank you to all of our partners and the First Lady of Virginia, Suzanne Youngkin, for joining us last week for a special discussion about the dangers of Fentanyl.


SAFE hosted our 2022 Annual Meeting on December 6, 2022 at CTC on Hull Street. SAFE highlighted our 2022 Young Adult Survey data, as well as prevention and recovery outreach happening in Chesterfield County. Guest speakers included Justin Savoy from Chesterfield Recovery Academy, members of SAFE staff and board, and our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Caroline Cobb, VCU, who presented “Who’s Puffing What?” SAFE presented awards to some of our many community partners!

Congratulations to those award recipients: Dr. Mervin Daugherty – 21st Century Award; Heather Snyder – Sharyl Adams’ Award; Trenton Lacks – Outstanding SAFE Youth Coalition Member; GMMB – Media Champion Award; and Officers Cardona, Aliu, Hogan, and Willis – Outstanding DUI Enforcement Officer Award!

We would like to thank Cosby High School Orchestra for their wonderful music performance. Thank you to all who attended to help us engage others in our mission of preventing and reducing substance abuse in our area.


SAFE staff delivered pizza and water to volunteers and officers who participated in the Drug Take Back Day at Hancock Village Shopping Center on Saturday, November 29th, 2022.  At this event, 218 individuals dropped of 633 pounds of unused or expired prescriptions drugs.  SAFE also provided resource bags that consisted of a Deterra Drug Deactivation Bag and various educational brochures about the risks of opioids and prescription drugs.  To date, SAFE has helped remove over 24,600 pounds of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs from the community.
Drug Take Back events help prevent drug abuse and protects the environment by providing a way to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medications.