Interview with Dr. Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Interview with Dr. Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House was recently interviewed by Melanie Hogan of WVAS and discussed the immediate need to continue to dismantle trafficking of illicit drugs fentanyl. Dr. Gupta says 90 percent of fentanyl arrives in the United States through legal and commercial points…

HoCo Grad and Former TAC Member Reflects on HC DrugFree

One of our long term Teen Advisory Council members, Malhar, is a part of our college student team teaching our Life Skills class that begins next week. In the essay below, he outlines his experience with HC DrugFree, Life Skills, and the impact both have had on his life. Academic and professional life has been…

Reflections on 2023

Reflections on 2023

New Year’s Eve is just on the horizon and as we look into the possibilities of 2024, we can’t help but reflect on 2023. We’re grateful for our community, our friends, and our neighbors. We accomplished a great deal by working together, and for that, we all should be proud. At HC DrugFree, we understand…

HC DrugFree Receives Community Foundation of Howard County Grant

HC DrugFree Receives Community Foundation of Howard County Grant

CFHoCo Announces 2023 Community Grant Awards The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo) has announced its 2023 community grant awards supporting nonprofits throughout Howard County, Maryland. A total of $200,000 will be distributed across 49 organizations to improve the lives of residents across the community. “The Community Foundation of Howard County is pleased to support…

HC DrugFree Attends Community Overdose Action Town Hall Series

HC DrugFree Attends Community Overdose Action Town Hall Series

HC DrugFree attended the Community Overdose Action Town Hall Series hosted by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center on Thursday November 30. Public testimonies were offered by HC DrugFree Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree Board Members Harsh Patel and Mary Pizzo, as well as members of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council. Many thanks…

Free Classes for Parents/Guardians & Grandparents

Free Classes for Parents/Guardians & Grandparents

Spring 2024 REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Raising preteens and teens is tough. Wouldn’t it be great if adults could take a class that taught us how to help our kids avoid risky behaviors, all while learning how to say NO to drugs and alcohol? There is! Guiding Good Choices® is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that…

Giving Tuesday 2023

Giving Tuesday 2023

How it all began: In 1995, a group of dedicated staff members from a local high school came together to address the challenges of youth drug and alcohol use in their community. This initial effort quickly expanded to encompass multiple schools. By 2004, recognizing the growing demands, the nonprofit organization HC DrugFree was established to comprehensively…

HC DrugFree Executive Director Completes Training Program

HC DrugFree Executive Director Completes Training Program

In November 2023, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi completed the Standards for Excellence Institute® Licensed Consultants Training Program allowing her to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Ms. Scornaienchi has the expertise and ability to guide a nonprofit in governance…

Free Life Skills Classes

Free Life Skills Classes

More information about future Life Skills and other classes and events will be shared in our newsletter. FREE and back by popular demand!!! Life Skills Training for Grades 6-9 (or slightly younger or older) The 8 FREE online sessions will be offered January 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, and March 5, 2024 from…

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Day Removes Almost 600,000 Pounds of Unneeded Prescription Medications Across the Country

DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Day Removes Almost 600,000 Pounds of Unneeded Prescription Medications Across the Country

HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the DEA and the Howard County Police Department for our twice a year medication and sharps collection event. On October 28, 2023 we collected 1,223.5 lbs. of medication at the HC DrugFree site in the Wilde Lake Village Center. Below is an excerpt of the press release from…