We Need Your Support
S.A.F.E. Project US is traveling the country, reaching out to families, communities, law enforcement and medical personnel, policymakers and potential partners to end the opioid epidemic, and we need your help.
More than 157 Americans die every day from an overdose.
The opioid epidemic is a national emergency. Your friend, spouse, or partner could be at risk. Millions of families have endured the untimely loss of a child, parent, grandparent, or sibling. Many factors are at play that are contributing to the ease of access to opioids. For example, prescriptions are often handed out by physicians without question as to their continued necessity. Urban drug markets are on the rise - lacing heroin with the deadly drug fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50x - 100x times more powerful than morphine. Over the past year, there's been more than a 54% increase in these markets in major cities across the U.S.
The opioid crisis can't stop without your help. Join our mission and support a cause that touches every home, school and family. Join the #SAFEUS Movement.
Co-Founders ADM & Mary Winnefeld
*Opioid related deaths statistic taken from the CDC. Number of Americans addicted to Rx painkillers taken from the National Institute for Drug Abuse.
The data continues to progressively climb.
Jonathan was an introverted child, which evolved into anxiety and depression issues as he entered adolescence. As his family worked with doctors and counselors, trying to help Jonathan, he began to self-medicate. Even with a family as actively involved and supportive as the Winnefeld family, there was no cure for addiction. After a long and difficult struggle, Jonathan had a seminal event, and entered in-patient rehabilitation.
Unfortunately, the temptation to use again was too powerful and Jonathan was found unresponsive in his dorm room just three days after his parents dropped him off at the University of Denver. An open-air heroin market close to the college, a critical blow to Jonathan’s recovery, and he died of an accidental overdose of heroin laced with fentanyl.
No Family is SAFE
On the surface, the Winnefeld family looked like they had it all. Two successful sons, a strong military background and ambitious dreams. That is until, the fateful day they lost their son Jonathan to an opioid overdose.
Sadly, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans younger than 50 years old. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 64,000 Americans lost their life to a drug overdose in 2016, including 15,446 heroin overdoses. The total is more than 20 times the number of Americans killed on 9/11.
The cycle stops now with public outreach
Removing the Stigma
S.A.F.E. Project US (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic) is a national nonprofit working through a disciplined, collaborative, multi-pronged and non-partisan approach to end the nation’s catastrophic opioid epidemic. Founders Mary and Admiral James Winnefeld established the organization in November 2017, following the loss of their 19-year old son Jonathan to opioids.
We travel across the country, tirelessly sharing our message so that #notonemore family has to suffer. To view our next event or to see where we've traveled to share our message visit safeproject.us/events.
Tackling the Opioid Epidemic at Speed
S.A.F.E. Project US is teaming up with the Indy500 to put an end to the opioid crisis. You can show your support and save a life today by clicking on the button above. Join the #SAFEUS Movement.
“S.A.F.E. Project US is honored that Schmidt Peterson Motorsports would allocate valuable visibility on board two of its IndyCar entries for this year’s Indianapolis 500 to highlight the importance of reversing the opioid epidemic that is devastating our country, and particularly this region of the United States. We are proud to be part of this team.” - Admiral Sandy Winnefeld.