HCPSS Grad Discusses Substance Misuse in High School

I’m a college student who graduated from HCPSS a few years ago. I regularly heard stories from friends and saw posts on social media about teenage parties. Despite not attending these parties, word quickly got around of everything that happened. Drinking, vaping, and smoking marijuana were all popular activities. Typically, a few people would bring…

CFHoCo Announces 2021 Community Grant Awards

HC DrugFree is honored to receive a 2021 community grant award from the Community Foundation of Howard County. For more than 50 years, the Community Foundation of Howard County has served as a knowledgeable, trusted partner that forges connections between donors and nonprofit organizations to provide impactful investments in Howard County. In 2020, the foundation awarded more than…

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…

Former HCPSS Student Recommends Life Skills Classes for Howard County Students

Middle schoolers should take advantage of the Life Skills classes this summer! Watching Netflix, playing video games, and going to the pool are all great ways to relax while not in school but the summer break is also a perfect opportunity for middle schoolers to do things that are beneficial to their well-being in other…

Ho Co Parent Reflects on Value of Life Skills Classes

I am a parent of two college students that grew up in Howard County. Thinking back to their middle school years, opportunities for exposure to life skill building outside of the home environment would have provided an excellent opportunity for additional growth. Such experiences were rare to non-existent in Howard County Public School System (HCPSS)…

Free Life Skills Classes for Grades 6-9

Free Life Skills Classes for Grades 6-9

FREE and back by popular demand!!! Life Skills Training for Grades 6-9 8 FREE online sessions July 13 – 28, 2021 HC DrugFree is providing another series of FUN and interactive skills-based classes designed to promote positive health and personal development. This curriculum was designed for students in grades 6 to 9, but for slightly…

Senior Week: 10 Tips Created by HCPSS Graduates Class of 2019

1. Have an idea of what snacks and meals to bring so you have enough food. Also, stay hydrated. 2. Wear sunscreen everyday and reapply often. 3. Check in frequently with someone at home so they know you are okay. 4. Use the buddy system. Do not go anywhere alone, especially at night. 5. If…

Back by Popular Demand! Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City

Back by Popular Demand! Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City

Virtual Event Available Starting June 10 In just a few short weeks, many Howard County teens will trade their graduation caps and gowns for bathing suits and fun in the sun in Ocean City, MD during the popular “Senior Week.” While Senior Week can be fun for recent grads, many teens opt to engage in…

HCPSS 2019 Grad Shares Her Senior Week Experience

During the day, we sat on the beach and hung out which was always fun. Sometimes we would play games in the sand like volleyball and football. But I wish I had known what a Senior Week party would be like prior to going to the beach. One night, a lot of people were going…

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…