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…

HC DrugFree Breaks Record with Spring 2021 Medication & Sharps Collection

HC DrugFree Breaks Record with Spring 2021 Medication & Sharps Collection

Pictured to left of HC DrugFree’s Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi are only some of the many sharps collected (red & a few white bins on the left) at HC DrugFree’s drive-thru site. To right of Joan are 1,494.5 lbs. of medication (white bins to the right). Sharps are not included in the weight. Thank you to the Howard County Police and…

HC DrugFree Receives Recognition from State & Local Government for Take Back Efforts

HC DrugFree Receives Recognition from State & Local Government for Take Back Efforts

Thank you to Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford (right) for presenting HC DrugFree with another citation signed by Governor Hogan and the Lt. Governor for the impressive amount of medication we have helped to remove from our community and hosting these collection events on the DEA’s national Drug Take Back Days since 2012. Thank you to County Executive Calvin…

HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Recognized for Making Positive Changes in Howard County

HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Recognized for Making Positive Changes in Howard County

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, was recognized as a Woman Making Positive Changes in Howard County as a part of the inaugural ‘So She Did’ Campaign. HC DrugFree’s team thanks Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Howard County Commission For Women, and the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services for shining…

Veterinary Drug Xylazine Information

Veterinary Drug Xylazine Information

Brief SummarySince 2019, Maryland has seen an increase in the use of Xylazine as an adulterant to the illegal drug supply. Comparing the first three quarters for calendar years 2019 and 2020, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Unintentional Intoxication Death data through February 28, 2021, shows an increase of 175% (76 to…

Semi-Annual Drive-thru Medication and Sharps Collection

Semi-Annual Drive-thru Medication and Sharps Collection

HC DrugFree’s next drive-thru medication and sharps collection will be held on Saturday April 24th in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot in Columbia between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Rain or shine. Bring your prescription and over-the-counter medication and sharps (needles, syringes and EpiPens). Separate sharps from the meds/pills. Sharps should be in…

Guiding Good Choices – Free Classes for Parents & Guardians

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…

Teen Advisory Council Update – Exploring Mindfulness

Teen Advisory Council Update – Exploring Mindfulness

We were so fortunate to have HCPSS Psychologist, Catherine Panzer, join us for our March TAC Meeting. Ms. Panzer has been a school psychologist in Howard County for for 21 years and enjoys teaching students and adults about mindfulness and how it can help them cope in today’s stressful world!

February 2021: Teacher Appreciation Month in partnership with Morrison Chiropractic

February 2021: Teacher Appreciation Month in partnership with Morrison Chiropractic

Attention all Teachers! To recognize the outstanding efforts of teachers who have persevered in the face of the incredible challenges presented by COVID-19 we are partnering with Morrison Chiropractic for the month of February to bring you Teacher Appreciation Month. We recognize how difficult teaching through a pandemic has been and how it has contributed…

Opioid Operational Command Center, Department of Health Release Opioid and Intoxication Fatality Data for Third Quarter of 2020

Fatalities Remain Linked to Coronavirus Pandemic Disruptions State Response Includes Increased Focus on Serving Minority Communities Annapolis, MD – The Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) have released their report on the opioid crisis in Maryland for the third quarter of 2020. The report includes preliminary data detailing further increases…