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…

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Safely: Don’t Drink and Drive

Celebrate New Year’s Eve Safely: Don’t Drink and Drive

Ringing in the New Year with a glass or two of champagne sounds harmless enough until it’s time to drive home. If you’re planning on drinking this New Year’s, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. Even better, offer to be the designated driver for those in your party! Facts about Drunk…

NETI – Emerging Drug Threat Predictive Brief

NETI – Emerging Drug Threat Predictive Brief

The National Emerging Threats Initiative (NETI) strives to provide an early warning system for the United States via the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). It does so by observing multiple trend lines and using the data to predict what is coming next. Download the brief from December 2, 2020 below.

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

In 2019, 13.7 million people (ages 16 and older) drove after using illicit drugs. Of that total,12.8 million people were under the influence of marijuana (2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Detailed Tables). This is an increase from 2018 when 12.6 million people (aged 16 and older) admitted to driving after using drugs. In 2016, 44 percent of drivers in fatal…

Substance-Related Intoxication Fatality Demographics

Substance-Related Intoxication Fatality Demographics

Cannabis Use and Outcomes: Howard County

Cannabis Use and Outcomes: Howard County

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) have created a jurisdiction specific profile using the 2016-2019 Health Services and Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) data. The profile illustrates hospitalizations involving cannabis use.