Region 5: Southeast Georgia

Proudly serving the community of:

  • Waycross (Ware County)

Why is HEARTS  so concerned with the early onset of underage drinking?

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, using alcohol and drugs before the brain has fully developed increases the risk for future addiction to alcohol and drugs dramatically. Young people who start drinking alcohol before age 15 are 5 times more likely to develop alcohol abuse or dependence than people who first used alcohol at age 21 or older. Research for drug use and drug addiction have found similar results.

Get Involved

One of the best ways for you to get involved in your local community's prevention efforts is to join your local STEPUp Workgroup.  We'd love to see you at our next meeting!

STEP Up Waycross
3rd Thursday of each month
9:30 a.m.
Okefenokee Technical College, Room 210



 Donate to Region 5

The following items are in need of a good home! All proceeds from the purchases below will go toward Region 5's Alcohol Prevention Project initiatives to serve the needs of those in the communities specific to this region.

Items coming soon!

Thank you to our STEP Up Workgroup partners

  • Ware County Health Department
  • Teen Impact Center
  • Southeast Health District
  • Okefenokee Technical College
  • Waycross Housing Authority
  • Satilla Advocacy Center
  • Retired Educator/WIA Consultant
  • Ware County Board of Education
  • Waycross Police Department
  • Albany State University at South Georgia State College in Waycross