Life Skills is an evidence-based program for middle or high school age students that helps teach them about making choices and healthy decisions in their lives. Some of the topics discusses are alcohol, tobacco, violence in the media, coping with anger and anxiety, communication skills, social skills and resolving conflicts.
Alcohol/Tobacco Merchant Education
Palmetto Retailers Education Program (PREP) is a merchant education program that is designed to help reduce underage access to alcohol and tobacco products in our communities while also lowering the liability risks for businesses and their employees. PREP is the only merchant education program in SC that covers all of the following: off premise alcohol sales practices, on premise alcohol sales practices, tobacco sales, development of manager/supervisor sales policies and keg registrations. The PREP program is approved by the SC Department of Revenue and the SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services. Cost is $25 if one enrolls voluntarily or $50 if one is mandated by the court system to come through.
Alcohol Enforcement Team
The Alcohol Enforcement Team project is a collaborative effort involving the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, the county alcohol and drug abuse authorities, local law enforcement agencies, and community partners. The AET project implements environmental strategies to reduce alcohol access to individuals under 21 years old through high visibility enforcement in conjunction with an active public education and prevention strategy. Cornerstone coordinates the AET project with the 8th Judicial Circuit (Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, and Newberry Counties). In McCormick and Edgefield Counties, the agency collaborates with our 11th Judicial Circuit partners at LRADAC.
Cornerstone works in conjunction with area law enforcement agencies and DAODAS’ JustPlainKillers.com initiative to encourage the safe disposal of old, expired, and unused prescription medications. We do this by promoting drug drop box locations, distributing at-home disposal kits, and educating about other safe options for disposal.
Tobacco Education Program
South Carolina Tobacco Education Program is a class that is offered as an educational alternative to legal penalties for youth under 18 years old who are caught with tobacco products. The program educates on tobacco use and its effects, addiction, health alternatives to smoking, resources to quit using tobacco and the long and short term consequences of tobacco use. Cost of this class is $25.
Guiding Good Choices is a five-session, evidence-based parenting class designed to help prevent drug use in the family, develop health beliefs and clear standards, teach and reinforce refusal skills, how to control and express anger constructively and how to strengthen family bonds by involving everyone in family activities. Cost is a one-time fee of $25. Classes are usually held once a week for about 2 hours per class for 5 weeks and can be scheduled in any of our 4 counties on an as needed basis.
The Greenwood Abbeville Coalition is a group of concerned citizens and key stakeholders in the community who desire to see drug-free communities in Greenwood and Abbeville counties. The Coalition spreads their message of hope through community education and providing resources for those struggling with substance misuse and their families.
Cornerstone was the recent recipient of a grant to target the opioid misuse/overdose problem occurring in Abbeville County. In 2017, Abbeville was one of the hardest hit counties in South Carolina in terms of opioid overdose deaths and overall drug overdoses. The task force is composed of nurses, educators, doctors, law enforcement officers, EMTs/paramedics, pharmacists, social workers, parents, and people in recovery. The task force is seeking to reduce opioid deaths by increasing public awareness of the danger of prescription drug misuse/abuse. The task force is also seeking to decrease social access to prescription drugs by encourage people to secure their medicine and to safely dispose of their old medicines when no longer needed.