HC DrugFree Executive Director attends CADCA National Leadership Forum

HC DrugFree Executive Director attends CADCA National Leadership Forum

HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, once again attended the annual Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Leadership Forum . This four-day conference is packed with multiple adult and youth-oriented opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance misuse and hear from nationally-known experts and policymakers. The Forum brings together more than 3,000 participants representing…

Howard County Executive Order Signed to Guide Use of Opioid Settlement Funds

Howard County Executive Order Signed to Guide Use of Opioid Settlement Funds

On January 31, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed an Executive Order creating an Opioid Collaborative Community Council to assist in determining priorities for how the County should use funds received through a National Settlement Agreement with opioid manufacturers and any future settlements. The Council is charged with making recommendations to the Fiscal Year 2024…

HC DrugFree Hosts Town Hall on Teen Stress in Howard County

On January 9th HC Drug Free and the Howard County PTSA Collaborative Parent Education Group hosted a virtual town hall: How Much is Too Much? Finding a Balance between Academic Performance and Student Well-Being. Guest speaker, Anne Arena, MA, CAS shared her experience as a school psychologist and what she sees happening in the lives…

How Much is Too Much?  Virtual Town Hall on Teen Stress in Howard County

How Much is Too Much? Virtual Town Hall on Teen Stress in Howard County

Some stress can be motivating, but too much can be debilitating.  So how do we help students learn how to effectively cope with academic pressure so they can be successful in all areas of their lives and prevent them from resorting to unhealthy coping strategies? Join us on Monday, January 9 from 5:30 p.m. to…

100 Free Medication Lockboxes Distributed During Medication & Sharps Collection Event

100 Free Medication Lockboxes Distributed During Medication & Sharps Collection Event

On October 29, during HC DrugFree’s medication & sharps disposal event, 100 free medication lockboxes were distributed to participating community members! These lockboxes were provided as our continued promotion of safe, secure storage of medication to keep our community safer!

Medication & Sharps Collection Results

Medication & Sharps Collection Results

As a part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day HC DrugFree’s drive-thru site collected 1,294 lbs. of medication (45 white bins) and 23 red bins of sharps in only 4 hours! Sharps are not included in the weight.

Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Calvin Ball

Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Calvin Ball

Thank you to County Executive Calvin Ball for awarding HC DrugFree with this Certificate of Recognition for National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. The certificate was presented to HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi by Kim Pruim who represented the County Executive at HC DrugFree’s semi-annual medication & sharps collection event.

Parenting Class Shares Their Tricks of the Trade

Parenting Class Shares Their Tricks of the Trade

Another Guiding Good Choices parenting class series ended last week, and the parents who participated walked away with some great ideas and suggestions from other parents on how to handle different situations.  Great discussions were had on the pros and cons of paying children for chores and how to get buy-in and agreement from reluctant…

Semi-Annual Medication & Sharps Collection is on Saturday!

Semi-Annual Medication & Sharps Collection is on Saturday!

Drive-Thru Medication & Sharps Disposal Event Our semi-annual drive-thru medication & sharps disposal event, aka Drug Take Back Day, is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to see you! Join us on Saturday October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot (near the Columbia Swim Center.)…

Virtual Town Hall on Teen Substance Misuse in Howard County

Virtual Town Hall on Teen Substance Misuse in Howard County

On Monday, October 24, HC DrugFree, in partnership with the Howard County PTSA Collaborative Parent Education Group, hosted a virtual town hall on teen substance misuse in Howard County. Parents, educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement representatives and more joined together in a conversation about what drugs students are using, how they are getting them,…