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HC DrugFree
Committed to Helping Youth Avoid Alcohol and Drugs

HC DrugFree is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower the community to eliminate the abuse and illegal use of alcohol and other drugs among youth. In collaboration with other organizations and through outreach, HC DrugFree provides educational programs and resources to parents, youth, educators and the community. Learn more about HC DrugFree.
Here's Me Drug Free Summer Photo Contest
Enter to win $100!
For the next month, we want to see your best summer photos! Post pictures of your drug and alcohol free fun to HC DrugFree's Facebook page. Encourage your friends and family to like your photo because the person who posts the photo with the most likes wins a $100 gift card! Post your photos by August 11th for a chance to win.


WHAT: Here's Me Drug Free photo contest

WHO: Any Howard County resident

WHEN: Noon on July 11th - Noon on August 11th

WHERE: Post your photos to HC DrugFree's Facebook page

WHY: To win a $100 gift card and to encourage drug and alcohol free fun!

 

STEPS TO WIN:

  1. Find your favorite fun summer photo or go out and take one
  2. Like HC DrugFree's Facebook page
  3. Post your fun picture to the wall
  4. Share your photo with your friends and family and encourage them to "Like" it, as the photo with the most number of "Likes" by August 11th wins! 

Click here to view the rules and regulations. Good luck!
Overdose Response Training
Who should attend an overdose response training program? What will training participants learn and receive? To learn more about these programs provided by the Howard County Health Department, check out the information to the right.
Needles and Syringes Collected for Disposal
April 26, 2014 - Masoomeh Khamesian, Director of Pharmacy at Howard County General Hospital and HC DrugFree board member, and Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director, organize the boxes and bags of needles, syringes and EpiPens collected at the HC DrugFree office on April 26. The hospital is partnering with HC DrugFree to provide this semi-annual community service. The next collection date will be announced in the fall of 2014.
April 26, 2014 Drug Take Back Day
In conjunction with the DEA's semi-annual national Take Back Day, the Howard County Police Department staffed medication collection sites on Saturday, April 26 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 1,030 pounds were collected at the 10 Howard County drop off sites. At the HC DrugFree office in the Wilde Lake Village Center, HC DrugFree's executive director, board of directors, Teen Advisory Council and numerous volunteers wore bright green Mind Your Meds t-shirts donated by Brian Meshkin and Proove BioSciences with the message on the back: 3 times as  many people are addicted to prescription narcotics than all illegal narcotics combined. In addition to the medication collection, HC DrugFree's office collects needles, syringes, and EpiPens during these semi-annual events. Pictured are volunteers at the HC DrugFree office in the Wilde Lake Village Center drop off location and the 7 bags of prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as the boxes of needles, syringes, and EpiPens collected at the HC DrugFree office within 4 hours. The next Take Back Day will be held in the fall. HC DrugFree thanks HCPD for all they do throughout the year to keep the community safe!
October 26, 2013 - 862 Pounds of Meds 
Collected in Howard County!
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Pictured: Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree; Ellen Flynn Giles, Board of Education member; Brian Meshkin, Board of Education member and Proove Biosciences, Inc.; and the Howard County Police Officer assigned to the HC DrugFree office Take Back Day location. They are holding the 4 bags of medication collected at the site.
Pictured above: back row: parent volunteer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Joan Webb Scornaienchi and Brian Meshkin; front row: members of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council and youth volunteers.
Del. Elizabeth Bobo, Congressman Elijah Cummings, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker, County Council Member Courtney Watson and Police Chief William McMahon at the Town Hall Meeting.
HC DrugFree Town Hall Meeting
HC DrugFree held a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School. Speakers included Congressman Elijah Cummings, Delegate Elizabeth Bobo, Police Chief William McMahon, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker, and HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi. Topics of discussion included the issue of adults who provide alcohol and other drugs to youth in Howard County, how to empower youth and adults, and HC DrugFree's upcoming media campaign supporting the "Cool Parents" (the parents not hosting teen alcohol parties). Those who attended had the chance to speak one on one with the owner of a drug testing lab and have their questions answered. Several secured medicine boxes were given away.

Teen Advisory Council

HC DrugFree is seeking high school students to serve on its Teen Advisory Council (TAC)

HC DrugFree's TAC provides the youth perspective to the staff and Board of Directors of HC DrugFree to increase the effectiveness of HC DrugFree's programs, newsletters, website and other services.

TAC is composed of Howard County high school students (public, private and home school) who meet monthly during the school year to discuss and plan more effective ways to help create and promote a drug free environment and to develop educational messages that promote HC DrugFree's vision of a community where teens are drug-free by choice.

This year TAC will have the opportunity to work with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration.


Responsibilities of the Teen Advisory Council will include:

  • Discuss ways to promote the HC DrugFree message in schools and throughout the community
  • Help create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to help spread HC DrugFree's message
  • Participate in developing programs, newsletter articles, website & brochures

 

Benefits of Joining the Teen Advisory Council are:

  • Meet new people from other schools
  • Gain knowledge of what's happening in Howard County
  • Feel empowered to make a difference
  • Community service hours available

For more information, please click here or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree at joan@hcdrugfree.org. To download an application for TAC, please click here.
HC DrugFree Earns BBB Accredited Charity Seal
HC DrugFree has been awarded the Better Business Bureau accredited Charity Seal by the Wise Giving Alliance. The seal can only be used by a local charity that has undergone an extensive review conducted by BBB and meets or exceeds all of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, which were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and advance philanthropy.
Contact HC DrugFree
10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 206
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 443-325-0040
info@hcdrugfree.org

Executive Director
Joan Webb Scornaienchi
joan@hcdrugfree.org