Special Projects

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Sponsored by the SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and conducted in schools biannually, this survey measures adolescent use, perceptions of risk, future aspirations and social norms. It is a great source of county level data to gain insight into issues affecting our schools and communities so that they can be addressed through the development and implementation of programs, strategies and policies that prevent or decrease substance misuse in the community. The survey is also a valuable source of local data for pursuing grants and other funding. Quality data is subject to school participation.


OOTH is a Spring Blitz campaign that occurs during the alcohol awareness month of April to keep alcohol out of the hands of youth under 21 during a critical time of year between Spring Break and Graduation. It combines strict law enforcement strategies with strong media messages to deny alcohol access to youth who are under 21 and to deter underage drinking and driving. For more information, visit https://scoutoftheirhands.org.
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Unused or expired prescription medications can potentially lead to accidental poisoning, misuse and overdose. The purpose of these initiatives is to encourage community members to lock up their medications and to reduce the availability of unwanted and expired medications. Drop-boxes are a safe and effective mechanism placed in local law enforcement agencies to collect unused and expired medications from communities so that they don’t get into the wrong hands while also offering a safer alternative to throwing them away or flushing them down the toilet and endangering the environment. For more information on drug safety, visit www.justplainkillers.com/drug-safety.


Bringing Our Best Care (Bamberg, Orangeburg, Barnwell, Calhoun), was created to inspire cooperation, trust and action among behavioral health providers so that, together, the lives of the residents of our four communities can be improved. This new behavioral health consortium was established to strengthen partnerships, increase resource sharing and bridge gaps within our communities. Through a four-phase planning process, BOBC2 explored the best options for addressing the behavioral health needs of the four counties. Based on the gaps and priorities identified, the first project was a pop-up clinic to provide easily accessible, community-based services for young adults in crisis, including suicide and psychiatrist inpatient prevention and psychiatric care.

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