Summer Life Skills – That’s a Wrap!

Summer Life Skills – That’s a Wrap!

HC DrugFree completed another successful Life Skills program for middle school students last week. Twenty middle school students learned skills that will help them better navigate the social difficulties of adolescence, such as how to be assertive, make good choices, communicate clearly, and how to effectively cope with anxiety and anger. The class was taught…

Teens Discuss Marijuana Use

In a collaborative effort with the Kerala Cultural Society, recent HCPSS grad and member of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC), Adhithyaa Nair was interviewed by Sidhaarth Raghunath about issues related marijuana use in teens, including different perceptions about the safety of marijuana use, how it affects the nervous system both in the short and…

HC DrugFree Board Member Provides Unique Perspective to Pain Management Publication

HC DrugFree Board Member Provides Unique Perspective to Pain Management Publication

We are pleased to announce that HC DrugFree board member, Brian Morrison, DC, has contributed to a comprehensive medical textbook on pain management. As a chiropractor, he provides a unique perspective on integrative pain management that could provide valuable information to both future and current doctors regarding alternatives to opioids and other potentially habit-forming drugs.…

Senior Week Virtual Program Available

Senior Week Virtual Program Available

Congratulations Class of 2022! Before you head off to Senior Week, check out the “Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City” virtual program on the Senior Week page.

Another Successful Parenting Class Wraps Up

As another successful series of Guiding Good Choices parenting classes comes to a close, it is important to reflect on what was learned.  Beyond the topics addressed by the curriculum, this class raised some very practical and pertinent questions that many parents experience and just aren’t sure how to handle.  For example, the class discussed…

Ho Co Teens Didn’t Have All The Answers

Prior to volunteering for the Life Skills class, our older students were given the opportunity to test their own knowledge about drug and alcohol use and other topics from the Life Skills course.  While some of our older students are new to the program, others have volunteered previously and are familiar with the content.  In…

Haze Event for Teens and Parents

Haze Event for Teens and Parents

On November 15, 2021, a group of high school students, middle schools students, and parents joined HC DrugFree for a viewing and discussion of Haze, a documentary about a college student’s experience with alcohol overdose and hazing. Because the program was so well-received, HC DrugFree has decided to offer the opportunity to Howard County PTAs/PTSAs…

Certificate of Recognition for National Medicine Abuse Month

Certificate of Recognition for National Medicine Abuse Month

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball issued a Certificate of Recognition for National Medicine Abuse Month. On behalf of the County Executive, Kim Pruim presented Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi with the Certificate at HC DrugFree’s drive-thru medication and sharps collection on National Drug Take Back Day. 

1,106 Pounds of Medication Collected

1,106 Pounds of Medication Collected

On Saturday, October 23, 2021, HC DrugFree’s site collected 1,106 lbs. of medication in four hours at our convenient drive-thru in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. In addition, we collected 19 bins of sharps. Our next collection is tentatively scheduled for April 2022. Thank you to our partners: The Howard County Police Department,…

Medication & Sharps Collection Event

Medication & Sharps Collection Event

HC DrugFree will hold our next FREE and convenient medication & sharps drive-thru collection on Saturday, October 23rd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. What kind of things can you bring? We’ll take: Prescriptions Over-the-counter medications Vitamins Vape devices (with the batteries removed, please!) Inhalers Sharps (EpiPens,…