Substance Use Prevention & Recovery Referral Programs

It’s never too early or too late to talk about tough topics. We’re here to listen, offer support and give guidance to individuals and families. If you or someone you know needs assistance, the Palmetto Foundation will provide resources to help you navigate the path towards recovery. 

Currently the 90 Degrees: Straight Up Youth Program is being offered at little or no cost to the students and families. If you would like to sponsor a student, please click the Donate button at the top of the page. All donations will help to cover the cost of educational  materials and needed supplies for students to participate in the program. All donations are tax-deductible.


90 Degrees: Straight Up
Youth Program

Our 90 Degrees: Straight Up Youth Intervention Program embodies the tools needed to assess risks and make informed decisions that will have a positive impact on this generation and future generations to come. Our prevention presentations empower youth to take ownership of their choices and the consequences of those choices.
The Palmetto Foundation tailors presentations based on age groups and specific needs. We meet you where you are, whether the focus is substance use, bullying, or social-emotional health. Our interactive presentations provide a safe and supportive environment that pulls youth in and motivates them to be the best version of themselves. We provide onsite Certified Peer Support Specialists, information and handouts, and resources for anyone needing help.
If your school, organization, place of worship, etc. could benefit from our free prevention services, please submit the form, or contact us directly.


All our programs are based on one or more of three key pillars:



They may not realize it, but most young people already know someone who is abusing controlled substances. While all ages benefit from hearing and seeing the destructive impact of opioid use, many of our prevention activities involve students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.


Awareness is a first step. To stop opioid abuse, engagement must follow. Mentoring, outreach and other forms of ongoing support are essential. This includes helping young people find purpose and activities that positively challenge them, encourage smart choices and reinforce their value and worth in their community.


Recovery happens one day at a time. We believe in people’s ability to get back on their feet, be productive citizens in their community and realize their dreams. Our network of trusted community partners enables us to provide resources and referrals at every stage of addiction.

Naloxone Dispensers

The Palmetto Foundation is an approved Community Distributor of Naloxone, a nasal spray that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. The Palmetto Foundation and the Courage Center have built dispensers with QR codes to link the community with information, resources, and videos on administrating Naloxone.
To know the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose, and to learn how to administer NARCAN® Nasal Spray, visit
You can find our dispensers with free Naloxone around the community.
Current sites:
  • The Palmetto Foundation office
  • The Courage Center 
  • Lovelace Family Medicine
  • Lake Murray Presbyterian Church
  • Prosperity Fire Department
Do you or someone you know need free Naloxone? Do you want to house a dispenser at your business or organization? Fill out our online form by clicking here

Community Outreach

The Palmetto Foundation partners with local organizations to support programs for underprivileged youth including the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission (ICRC), the Chase Loveless Foundation, the Michael J. Mungo Foundation, Walker White, Inc., and Lexington Richland School District Five Community Support Services.
Our partnership with ICRC provides free recreational activities to disadvantaged youth. This waives fees for kids unable to participate in sports, arts, after school activities, and summer programs. 
We have provided over 6,000 ICRC scholarships to underprivileged youth since 2017.
Additionally, the Palmetto Foundation works to connect youth with apprenticeship programs to help give them a purpose. This includes Walker White, Inc., a local company with a federally recognized apprenticeship program that provides an opportunity to learn highly markable skills and career opportunities. Interested in learning more? Fill out our online form here.

Unhoused Community Outreach

  • Narcan & fentanyl test strip distribution for at-risk communities
  • Hope bags with personal hygiene products, water bottles, snacks & other essentials
  • Partnership with Be Kind Be Great – a local nonprofit that offers assistance to the unhoused community

Media Room

The Palmetto Foundation media room welcomes individuals and families to share their stories. We offer a safe and supportive environment that welcomes round table discussions and support groups. Are you in recovery? Do you know someone who is? Want to share their story? Do you need to use our judgement free space? Click here to fill out the form.