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At Pillars4Hope, prevention means doing all we can to

keep our community healthy and free from the problems related to alcohol or other substance use.

Primary Prevention

Primary prevention is an essential component of our work. We develop and implement strategies to build community and collaborative efforts to keep individuals, families, groups, and communities healthy and free from the problems related to alcohol or other substance use.


  • We provide events and activities for youth and adults of all ages. 

  • We participate in community outreach programs, back to school events, seasonal parades and festivals.

  • We disseminate educational materials based on the strategic prevention framework (SPF)  model to identify, target, and address where and who we can provide support to, to prevent substance misuse and abuse in Colleton County and surrounding areas. 


Our prevention program is geared to focus primarily on the use of Alcohol, Opiates, and Marijuana in the community.


Contact the Prevention Specialist for more details or to schedule a prevention specialist to speak at your upcoming event.

Ashley Kinloch Shearin, Prevention Director

Direct Line: 843-539-2203

Colleton KEYS

Colleton KEYS (Keeping Every Youth Safe) is a community-based coalition whose mission is to be a source for community education as well as a repository for community input. Colleton Keys is managed by the prevention specialist; however, it is self-governing. 

The Prevention Coalition was founded by a group of retired school counselors and therapists to provide an accessible drug use and abuse prevention resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and other concerned adults. This is why our Coalition has members from different agencies and perspectives. We collaborate with each other to develop ideas to prevent underage substance and alcohol abuse. We work together to spread the word of the Prevention Program in the community. We strive to make parents and the community aware of the demographics and numbers of youth that use substances and alcohol. 

Prescription Dropbox Locations 

To address the abuse and misuse of medications, several prescription drop boxes have been placed throughout Colleton County. Medicine drop boxes are the best way to safely discard of unused or expired prescription medication. 

Hiott’s Pharmacy                 

373 E. Washington St.          
Walterboro S.C. 29488 

Cottageville Police Department

72 Salley Ackerman Dr.
Cottageville S.C. 29435

Walterboro Police Department

(Temporarily out of Service
due to COVID19)

242 Hampton St.
Walterboro S.C. 29488

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