DEA Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States

DEA Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States

36 Million Lethal Doses of Fentanyl Removed from Communities between May and September WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of an enforcement operation that spanned from May to September and resulted in significant fentanyl seizures across the United States.   As part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative, the DEA and its law…

Guide on Suicide and Serious Mental Illness

Guide on Suicide and Serious Mental Illness

Those who live with a serious mental illness (SMI) may be at greater risk of dying by suicide. Major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are all considered serious mental illnesses. SMI Advisor, in partnership with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, has published a guide to inform best practices among clinicians and suicide prevention coordinators when…

Important 60-Second Survey!!! (Yes, We Timed It!)

Important 60-Second Survey!!! (Yes, We Timed It!)

In 2022-2023, HC DrugFree will host a series of FREE town hall events for the Howard County community. Each event will address a behavioral health (substance use and/or mental health) topic and will feature an expert in the field. The events will be free of charge and open to the entire community.To help us plan…

Volunteering for International Overdose Awareness Day

Volunteering for International Overdose Awareness Day

On Wednesday, August 31st, Howard County held an International Overdose Awareness event at St.Johns Episcopal Church in Ellicott City to recognize those who have overdosed or been affected by opioid misuse . Many organizations were present. The event offered different resources, including Naloxone Training, an Overdose Response Demonstration, and a Program of Celebration. I represented…

DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States.  In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners seized brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.  Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used…

Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board Chair

Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board Chair

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, was recently elected chair of the Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory (HCLBHA) Board. HCLBHA was formed in June 2018 to advise the Howard County Executive and County Health Officer with their responsibility to plan, manage, and monitor Behavioral Health programs and services for county residents. “I am pleased…

TAC Grad Says Experience Fostered Leadership & Professional Skills

TAC Grad Says Experience Fostered Leadership & Professional Skills

Submitted by Howard County college student (former TAC member): In high school I was looking for ways to get involved with community groups for service hours and to make friends. I naturally found the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) when looking for programs that fit. The TAC was helpful because I felt like I was part…

Summer Life Skills – That’s a Wrap!

Summer Life Skills – That’s a Wrap!

HC DrugFree completed another successful Life Skills program for middle school students last week. Twenty middle school students learned skills that will help them better navigate the social difficulties of adolescence, such as how to be assertive, make good choices, communicate clearly, and how to effectively cope with anxiety and anger. The class was taught…

HC DrugFree Attends Annual Health and Human Services Fair

HC DrugFree Attends Annual Health and Human Services Fair

Once again, HC DrugFree participated in Leadership Howard County’s annual Health and Human Services Fair for their Leadership U students. We were proud to be represented by a former Teen Advisory Council (TAC) member working on our summer 2022 staff. The LU students were informed about our mission and the many opportunities for youth volunteers…

Teens Discuss Marijuana Use

In a collaborative effort with the Kerala Cultural Society, recent HCPSS grad and member of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC), Adhithyaa Nair was interviewed by Sidhaarth Raghunath about issues related marijuana use in teens, including different perceptions about the safety of marijuana use, how it affects the nervous system both in the short and…