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02-18-14 SAFE Wins National Dose Of Prevention Award
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For Immediate Release

SAFE Wins National Dose Of Prevention Award

February 18, 2014
Clerk to the Board of Supervisors

 CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA —Substance Abuse Free Environment Inc., or SAFE, a coalition working to prevent and reduce substance abuse in Chesterfield County, received the Dose of Prevention award on Feb. 6 during the 24th Annual National Leadership Forum presented by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA, at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. SAFE was recognized for its initiatives to educate the community about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and over-the-counter-cough-medicine abuse.

“SAFE’s initiatives show how local coalitions drive awareness, and we applaud their efforts to bring medicine abuse to the forefront in their community,” said Scott Melville, president and CEO of Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents the leading makers of OTC medicines and co-sponsored the award.

The abuse of prescription and OTC medicines is a major problem throughout the United States. According to the 2013 Monitoring the Future Survey, 1 in 25 teens have abused OTC cough medicines containing dextromethorphan, or DXM, to get high during the past year. After discovering that levels of OTC-cough-medicine abuse among teens in Chesterfield County were significantly higher than the national average, SAFE educated parents about the dangers of abusing cough medicines containing DXM. SAFE also implemented a media campaign encouraging parents to lock up medications and partnered with local police for community-wide take-back events, which resulted in gathering nearly four tons of unused medications for safe disposal. SAFE also held a series of medication-abuse summits and offered trainings to healthcare providers.
For more information about preventing prescription-drug abuse and OTC-cough- medicine abuse, visit ChesterfieldSAFE.org

Photo L to R: Scott Melville, Consumer Healthcare Products Association president and CEO; Sharyl Adams, Chesterfield County Youth Planning and Development prevention specialist; Regina Whitsett, SAFE interim executive director; Maya Brewer, SAFE community coordinator; DeJohn Taylor, SAFE Teen Ambassador; and Gen. Arthur T. Dean, CADCA chairman and CEO, celebrate SAFE’s successful awareness and prevention campaign aimed at reducing OTC medicine abuse in Chesterfield County.

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