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SAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc.)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention

Mission: SAFE engages our community in working together to prevent substance abuse.

Results: Some of SAFE's successes include a decrease in inhalant abuse among eighth-graders by 63% since 2005, from twice the national average to well below it. SAFE has partnered with air conditioning companies, who have installed over 2,500 free locking caps on A/C units to prevent huffing of refrigerant. SAFE's compliance checks initiative has led to a 75% reduction in alcohol sales to minors.

Target demographics: prevent substance abuse

Geographic areas served: the community of Chesterfield County

Programs: inhalant abuse prevention, marijuana use prevention, underage drinking prevention, alcohol-related crashes prevention,smoking prevention, and prescription drug abuse prevention.

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Rating: 4

Year after year, ABC provides funding in the way of grant money to organizations leading the fight against underage drinking. Chesterfield SAFE remains in the top tier of grantees across the Commonwealth due to its sound approaches, dedication and results. SAFE works collaboratively with community groups to encourage them to embrace social norms that underage drinking is not okay or acceptable in Chesterfield County. In the last two years, SAFE has completed activities within two primary target markets, parents and alcohol retail outlets. SAFE developed and delivered on three critical objectives as well: Café Conversations, Parent Pods and underage compliance checks. Further, outside the scope of grant funded activities, SAFE constantly works with public schools. law enforcement, and regional media outlets to spread their messages regarding identification, prevention and education of underage drinking signs and dangers. Virginia ABC is fortunate to have such a successful partner in Chesterfield SAFE. If you're reading this review and are intrigued about SAFE's programs, I urge you to check out their website (chesterfieldsafe.org) or contact them for more details.