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About the Addiction Epidemic

Americans lost to overdoses in 2021
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of these deaths due to fentanyl, the highest number ever
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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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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”

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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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:
PTACC – September 2022

Executive Director Dr. Brandee Izquierdo and Cameron Green from the Warm Handoff Deflection Program join a podcast hosted by TASC’s Center for Health and Justice.

February 17, 2022

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TOPIC: “Retired Navy Admiral and Founder of SAFE Project, Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, joins Housing Developments to talk about his passion to educate the residential construction industry on the dangers of opioids.”
Scope of Practice:
January 26, 2022

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TOPIC: “We talk with Dr. Kimberly Boulden, Senior Director of SAFE Campuses at the SAFE Project, a national nonprofit whose vision is to support action that will prevent fatal drug overdoses, and to otherwise mitigate substance use disorder’s impact on our society.”