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Upcoming SAFIR Events

April 12,  9 AM – 12 PM
Marijuana: Where We Are and What To Expect
1350 26th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960
The National Marijuana Initiative is welcoming key community stakeholders to join Ed Shemelya in discussing the impact of marijuana today.

The National Marijuana Initiative strives to dispel misconceptions about marijuana and raise awareness of issues surrounding the drug so that citizens and policymakers can make well-informed choices regarding marijuana use and regulations.

RSVP by April 5th to or call 772-696-4239

Parents, we need your voice! 

Please give us thoughts, insights, and opinions on what you believe about youth substance use in Indian River County with our short survey below:
Take the Parent Survey

Upcoming SAFIR Meetings

General Meeting
May 2nd at 2:00 pm

Boys and Girls Club Vero Beach
RX Meeting
April 17th at 1:00 pm

Sherrif's Office
Marijuana Meeting
April 18th at
3:00 pm
Phoenix Rising Wellness Center Vero Beach
Underage Drinking
April 19th at 
10:00 am
Vero Beach Police Department

Did you know…

  • When asked, only about 1 in 14 teens say they used marijuana in the past month. So, if you were thinking everyone uses marijuana, they don’t.
  • Some think marijuana is okay to use because it's "natural." But not all natural plants are good for you—take tobacco, for example.
  • Some teens believe marijuana can't be that harmful if states are legalizing it. Legal or not, one real risk is addiction.
  • In 2016, around 4 million people ages 12 and older had a marijuana use disorder. The most severe form also is known as an addiction. 
  • Research also shows that marijuana can harm the developing teen brain.

Think marijuana isn't a big deal? Learn all about it and its potentially harmful effects.  
Read The Article

Talking to our children about drug use isn't always easy, but it is crucial.​
Read The Article

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

Don’t be scared to talk to your teens and kids about alcohol this month.

Read The Article

An integral part of NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend  (April 5-7).


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The SAFIR Coalition and local youth are part of a movement county-wide working with participating stores to spread “Sticker Shock” waves across Indian River County in an effort to reach adults who might be tempted to buy alcohol for minors.

Youth leaders from the Sebastian Police Explorers are partnering with local retail stores – Pari Discount Beverage, Ball Park Liquors and Publix Liquors – to work together to create a safer, healthier lifestyle by combating the problem of underage drinking.

A very special shoutout to the Sebastian Police Department and the participating stores for a fantastic "Project Sticker Shock" kickoff!

April 27, 2019

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

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Thanks to our volunteers, contributors, coalition members, and community supporters. Together we can make Indian River County a safer, healthier, and happier place to live.


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