Fentanyl Seized in Maryland Could Have Killed Millions

A Maryland family is accused of running an operation that would have distributed large amounts of drugs, including fentanyl, across our state. A police search resulted in the recovery of more than 5 kilograms of fentanyl, more than 500 grams of heroin, and more than 7 kilograms of cocaine and cocaine base. “The organization had…

Two Powerful Drugs Add to U.S. Overdose Crisis

Two Powerful Drugs Add to U.S. Overdose Crisis

According to ABC 7 News, para-fluorofentanyl and metonitazene are being seen more often by medical examiners looking into overdose deaths, according to a recently published government report. They often are taken with — or mixed with — illicit fentanyl, the drug mainly responsible for the more than 100,000 U.S. overdose deaths in the last year. Click here to read…

Emoji Drug Code Decoded

Emoji Drug Code Decoded

The DEA has created a fact sheet to educate the community about the use of emojis in illegal drug activity. The list includes emojis used on social media and in advertising on e-commerce platforms. You can download a copy of the cheat sheet here.

Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Many people turn to marijuana or cannabidiol to ease their achy joints and help them sleep, but a new study suggests that could wreak havoc with any other medications they’re taking. Why? Because the body uses the same set of enzymes to process them all, scientists report. The chemicals in marijuana — THC, cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN)…

Drugs Have Been a Problem in Family for 32% of Americans

Drugs Have Been a Problem in Family for 32% of Americans

STORY HIGHLIGHTS 32% of Americans say that drugs have been a problem in their family Reports of family drug problems have increased across all demographic groups 31% describe local drug problem as extremely or very serious WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly one in three Americans (32%) say that drug use has been a cause of trouble…

Howard County Opioid Overdoses (Third Quarter 2021)

Howard County Opioid Overdoses (Third Quarter 2021)

The Howard County Police Department recently announced that there have been 12 confirmed deaths from opioid overdose from January through September this year. If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid or other drug issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day, or walk into Grassroots (6700 Freetown Road, Columbia) for…

Cannabis Use May Be Associated With Suicidality in Young Adults

Cannabis Use May Be Associated With Suicidality in Young Adults

NIH study suggests a link between cannabis use and higher levels of suicidal ideation, plan, and attempt. An analysis of survey data from more than 280,000 young adults ages 18-35 showed that cannabis (marijuana) use was associated with increased risks of thoughts of suicide (suicidal ideation), suicide plan, and suicide attempt. These associations remained regardless…

DEA National Take Back Day 2021

DEA National Take Back Day 2021

HC DrugFree is proud to have been one of the collection sites for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) National Take Drug Back Day since 2012. Pictured above with HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi (far right) are Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of MD Jonathan Lenzner (fourth from the left), DEA Assistant Special…

Veterinary Drug Xylazine Information

Veterinary Drug Xylazine Information

Brief SummarySince 2019, Maryland has seen an increase in the use of Xylazine as an adulterant to the illegal drug supply. Comparing the first three quarters for calendar years 2019 and 2020, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Unintentional Intoxication Death data through February 28, 2021, shows an increase of 175% (76 to…

Opioid Operational Command Center, Department of Health Release Opioid and Intoxication Fatality Data for Third Quarter of 2020

Fatalities Remain Linked to Coronavirus Pandemic Disruptions State Response Includes Increased Focus on Serving Minority Communities Annapolis, MD – The Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) have released their report on the opioid crisis in Maryland for the third quarter of 2020. The report includes preliminary data detailing further increases…