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,…

Howard County Opioid Overdoses (Third Quarter 2021)

Howard County Opioid Overdoses (Third Quarter 2021)

The Howard County Police Department recently announced that there have been 12 confirmed deaths from opioid overdose from January through September this year. If you or someone you know in Howard County needs help with an opioid or other drug issue, call 800-422-0009, 24-hours a day, or walk into Grassroots (6700 Freetown Road, Columbia) for…

Guiding Good Choices – Free Classes for Parents & Guardians

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! HC DrugFree is happy to present this popular parenting class for Howard County parents once…

Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Celebrates Anniversary with HC DrugFree

Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Celebrates Anniversary with HC DrugFree

August 31, 2021 marks twelve years since Joan Webb Scornaienchi was instated as the Executive Director of HC DrugFree. Since that time Ms. Scornaienchi has been dedicated to HC DrugFree’s mission of keeping Howard County residents informed and safe through a variety of educational opportunities including HC DrugFree’s popular semi-annual medication and sharps disposal event.…

Free Life Skills Class for Grade 6-9 Coming Soon!

FREE and COMING SOON by popular demand!!! Life Skills Training for Grades 6-9 FREE online sessions DATES TBD 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 younger or older…

Summer Life Skills Class Recap

Summer Life Skills Class Recap

Thirty four elementary, middle and high school students participated in HC DrugFree’s summer online Life Skills series. They were joined by our instructional team of 3 high school students, 3 college students, a recent college graduate, a parent, and HC DrugFree’s Executive Director. An evidence-based curriculum was followed and team members shared their experiences. Student feedback: “I…

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…