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About the Addiction Epidemic

Americans lost to overdoses each year
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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

Chief Executive Officer: Jeff Horwitz

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Executive Director: Leslia Plaia

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Founders: Admiral James and Mary Winnefeld

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SAFE Project In The News

The Hill: January 2024

Opioid settlement funds can help create and expand recovery housing

Gray Media:
August 2023

Sen. Murkowski’s Defense Department
overdose data bill

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July 2023

10 Best Charities for Drug Addiction
Recovery & Support

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USA Today:
April 5, 2023

I lost my son to fentanyl. Now my family is on the front lines of the opioid epidemic.

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March 31, 2023

‘A great first step:’ SAFE Project applauds FDA approval of Narcan, says more work needed

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October 19, 2022

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

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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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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:
America’s Work Force Podcast – November 2023

Show Description: “Jeff Horwitz, Chief Executive Officer for SAFE Project, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and talked about his journey to the organization, what the organization does and barriers faced when educating workers and leaders on opioid addiction and mental health issues.”