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News & Information for the Media Regarding SAFE Project

About the Addiction Epidemic

108,000
Americans lost to overdoses in 2021
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66%
of these deaths due to fentanyl, the highest number ever
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9.7M
People who misuse prescription opioids annually
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About SAFE Project

To overcome the addiction epidemic, it requires our collective action. SAFE Project works collaboratively to bring solutions to communities, campuses, workplaces, and active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. SAFE Project was founded in November 2017 by Admiral James and Mary Winnefeld, following the loss of their 19-year old son Jonathan to an accidental opioid overdose.

SAFE Project Leadership & Contact Information

Executive Director: Brandee Izquierdo

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Founders: Admiral James and Mary Winnefeld

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General questions or inquiries? Please fill out our contact form.
Member of the media? Please email: media@safeproject.us

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SAFE Project In The News

May 2022 Highlight: Snapchat “Heads Up” Safety Plan Video

SAFE Project recently partnered with Snapchat for a special “Heads Up” channel video: “6 safety tips to prevent an overdose”

Yahoo:
October 19, 2022

Government agencies, community leaders, and activists join to combat fentanyl crisis


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NPR:
October 4, 2022

The complicated story behind the ‘Anonymous’ author of a young adult classic


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Baltimore Sun:
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September 23, 2022
Carroll works to ‘Make Recovery the Epidemic’

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Marshall University News:
September 12, 2022

Prevention Empowerment Partnership to host teen prevention summit

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Fox News:
September 1, 2022

Naloxone growing on college campuses as opioid overdoses continue

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NAHB:
August 31, 2022

Builders Need To Address Drug, Alcohol Addiction Issues

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Health District Compass:
Summer 2022

What is Fentanyl?

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Colorado State University: July 26, 2022
CSU offering naloxone and overdose prevention trainings

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Maryland Matters Op-Ed:
March 8, 2022


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Treatment Magazine:
October 21, 2021


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Senate Joint Task Force Testimony:
October 20, 2021


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WJLA “Addicted in America”:
October 1, 2021


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USA Today Op-Ed:
July 31, 2021


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The Atlantic Story:
November 29, 2017


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Latest Press Releases

Podcast Appearances

Latest Podcast Appearance:
Patients Rising – November 2022

Despite standing orders in many states, persisting stigmas and a lack of education and awareness has made it difficult for patients to get the life-saving medication, naloxone, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Jeff Horwitz, COO of SAFE Project, discusses the team’s work to increase access to this medication.