Talk They Hear You

SAMHSA’s underage drinking prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.

This campaign aims to reduce underage drinking and substance use among youths under the age of 21 by providing parents and caregivers with information and resources they need to address alcohol and other drug use with their children early.

Talking With Your Teen About…

What to do with unused medications

Proper Medication Disposal

Promptly remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from your home to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment. (

Here is a list of local sites that will take back and dispose of your unused medications all year round:

Open Drop Off:

  • Beaufort County Government Building – 4819 Bluffton Prkwy, Bluffton, SC 29910*
  • Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office – 70 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
  • Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office – 2001 Duke St., Beaufort, SC 29902
  • Bluffton Police Department – 101 Progressive Street, Bluffton, SC 29910**
  • Chelsea Medical Center -719 Okatie Highway, Okatie, SC 29909
  • CVS, Bluffton – 1006 Fording Island Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
  • CVS Hilton Head Island – 10 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928
  • Ulmer Family Pharmacy – 68 Bluffton Rd. #6, Bluffton, SC 29910
  • Walgreens, Okatie – 138 Okatie Center Blvd, Okatie, SC 29909

*In partnership with Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and LCAHY.

** In partnership with Bluffton Police Department and LCAHY.

Customers Only:

  • Burke’s Pharmacy – 1101 Main St., Hilton Head  Island, SC 29926
  • Bluffton Pharmacy – 167 Bluffton Rd B, Bluffton, SC 29910

Free DisposeRx Packets:

  • Walmart Pharmacies
  • Sams Club Pharmacies

(What is DisposeRx?)

LCAHY participates in National Take Back Day.




















Proper Home Disposal:

Mix the medicines (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds. This prevents thievery or diversion of medicines from the trash. Then, place the mixture in a container such as a zip-lock or sealable plastic bag, and throw the container away in your household trash. (

Safe Home Storage:

  • Securely close all caps on medications after use.
  • Remove medications from all locations that are easily accessible and in plain sight.
  • Remind guests to choose safe storage of their medications while in your home.
  • Talk to friends and family members about safe home storage.

Resources – Opioid Alternatives

Opioid Overdose

The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids

Beaufort County Library Resources

Operation Prevention

Get Smart About Drugs

DEA: One Pill Can Kill 

Lifesaving Naloxone


E-cigarette Use - Know the Risks

Surgeon General Advisory: E-Cigarettes an Epidemic

E-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks. (


Get the facts. Know the risks. Take action. And get resources.

Go to the Surgeon General’s Website.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) information on Electronic Cigarettes.

Truth Initiative – Inspiring Tobacco-Free Lives

Become A Smoke-Free Teen

Tobacco, Nicotine and E-Cigarettes

This Is Quitting

E-Cigarette Prevention

Video on Dangers of E-Cigarettes, Vaping and JUULS (taped at Bluffton High School).

Drug-Free Communities

$625,000 Grant Awarded!

White House Drug Policy Awards $625,000 to LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth


Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced 719 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants totaling $89 million. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol. LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth was the only grant recipient in South Carolina and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds over a five year period, from 2017-2022, receiving $125,000 each year. The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry will serve as the fiscal agent.

Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC-funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of strategies to address local drug problems. Coalitions are comprised of community leaders, parents, youth/youth serving organizations, schools, faith-based and fraternal organizations, healthcare and business professionals, government, law enforcement, and media.

The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, created by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1997, is the Nation’s leading effort to mobilize communities to prevent youth substance use. The DFC Program is directed by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).