The LowCountry Alliance for Healthy Youth (LCAHY) was created as the result of a tragic alcohol-related car accident in 2011. One teen died and three were injured. The LCAHY formed to bring all sectors of our community together to address and work to reduce substance use/abuse by teens.
One of our current goals is reducing access and availability, which we believe can be accomplished through education. One of our members is the Beaufort County Alcohol & Drug Abuse Department that offers the Palmetto Retailers Education Program (PREP) to businesses that serve or sell alcohol. PREP is free of charge for any business that requests it. This program teaches alcohol and tobacco laws and consequences, checking IDs, fake IDs, handling of difficult situations, cutting off service and how to reduce the liability of employees and businesses. If interested, contact Wade Bishop, director of Prevention Services, at 843-255-6013.
The LCAHY is working to educate the communities of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton to make them safer for our youth and become known as communities that care.
Editor's Note: Neville is chairwoman of the LCAHY board.