The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

Prom Night can be one of the most memorable evenings of a teen’s life…but at what cost? Of course, there are the traditional expenses such as formal attire, tickets to the event, and maybe even splurging for a limo! But what about the optional costs of Prom Night? If a student is found to have…

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

This week, acting school superintendent, William J. Barnes, sent out an email reminding HCPSS families how dangerous Prom season can be for teens. We are sharing this message to echo the desire for young people to create wonderful memories while making responsible choices that help to keep themselves and others safe. As we approach the last…

Reflections on Life Skills

One of our long term Teen Advisory Council members, Malhar, was a part of our college student team teaching our recent Life Skills class. In the essay below, he outlines his experience. What really made this experience stand out was the hands-on approach we took. Rather than just lecturing, we engaged the students in discussions, role-plays,…

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: What’s Your WHY?

What’s Your WHY? #MyWHYNDAFW HC DrugFree asked teen and adult residents of Howard County, MD their WHY: Why they care about drug & alcohol related education, prevention resources, and why leading by example matters. This is what they said… HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and…

In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

Hey high schoolers and parents! Let’s talk about something that’s on a lot of minds these days: marijuana. On July 1, 2023, the State of Maryland legalized some amount of cannabis use and possession. Since it was now legalized in the state for people over 21, it’s easy to think that college campuses are all…

Parent CRAFT Substance Misuse Prevention Program

Parent CRAFT Substance Misuse Prevention Program

Parent CRAFT is a self-paced online video course that teaches parents the skills they need to meet the risks of substance abuse. Parent CRAFT is based on the proven CRAFT method. This program is for parents who know their child is misusing substances and want to get their child into treatment. This project is made freely…

Holiday Presence: The Gift of Togetherness

Holiday Presence: The Gift of Togetherness

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of shopping and anticipating the giving and receiving of gifts. In a world that often places so much weight on material possessions, it’s easy to forget that the most cherished and timeless gifts are ones that cannot be wrapped. Rather than focusing…

How Maryland’s New Cannabis Law May Impact Mental Health

How Maryland’s New Cannabis Law May Impact Mental Health

Beginning on July 1st Maryland residents 21 years or over will be able to purchase marijuana for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. The Centers for Disease Control issued a public warning about how using marijuana can increase the risk of mental illness, including schizophrenia, depression, and suicidal ideation. Concerningly, a graph from the National Institutes of Health shows marijuana…

Guiding Good Choices: Filling My Toolbox

Guiding Good Choices: Filling My Toolbox

I didn’t expect to learn so much when I started the Guiding Good Choices parenting classes offered by HC DrugFree several years ago. I wish I had taken these classes sooner. My older children would have benefitted greatly – and so would I. I’m a relatively well-educated person, but I wasn’t prepared for the requirements…

Celebrate Graduation Safely

Celebrate Graduation Safely

As a parent, you are bursting with pride at the sight of your high schooler walking across the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion. They are about to embark on an exciting journey towards full fledged adulthood. But they aren’t there yet! Their brain won’t be fully developed until 25 years old (we used to think 21!) They…