Changes to the Drive-Thru Medication & Sharps Collection

The next Drug Take Back Day is almost upon us, and we’re prepared to sally forth into the post-pandemic world and bring back our long awaited drive-thru drug disposal event! So, what does HC Drug Free’s drive-thru Drug Take Back event look like in the age of Coronavirus? We hope it will look a lot…

Guiding Good Choices – Free Classes for Parents

Parenting preteens and teens is tough. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a class that taught us how to tell our kids to confidently say NO to drugs? There is! And it starts THIS TUESDAY at 6:30 pm. Sign up today for the 4 class series (Tuesdays) before spots fill up! Register here For…

Howard County Drug Take-Back Day

Please join HC DrugFree for our semi-annual drive through Drug Take-Back event on Saturday October 24th. Bring any prescription or over-the-counter medications, syringes, EpiPens, vitamins, and even pet medications. This allows these items to be disposed of safely (please don’t flush them!) or end up in the hands of those who might misuse them. All…

Students Learn Life-Saving Tips During COVID-19

I was so grateful that HC DrugFree hosted an online CPR training in partnership with the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Ever since school moved online in the spring I have been seeking chances to learn important skills. After learning the proper way to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on both…

Online CPR Training

HC DrugFree’s team thanks, our partner, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services for conducting an online cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR training and to the 50 individuals who attended. We appreciate your support of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council. Click here to read a blog post written by one of our TAC members about…

Teen Recommends CPR Training

Before attending this HC DrugFree event provided by the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, I spent little time informing myself on the necessity of CPR. I would learn about CPR in school, but the details are hard to remember as the last time being taught it was around 3 years ago. This…

HC DrugFree Holding Online Summer Classes for Middle School Students

HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-8. The integrated approach helps to develop personal, interpersonal, and drug resistance skills. This middle school program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills that have been…

Maryland 2020 First Quarter Fatal Overdose Data

The Opioid Operational Command Center released their report on the opioid crisis in Maryland for the first quarter of 2020. The report provides details on Maryland’s most recent intoxication fatalities data and outlines key elements of our response. Click here to read the full report and click here to read a brief summary.

Completed Online Parenting Classes

HC DrugFree and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office partnered to complete another series of parenting classes open to parents of 9-14 year olds. The first class was held in person at Oakland Mills Middle School and the final 3 classes were held online. Parents were provided with the skills and knowledge to reduce the…

Substance Use and Mental Health Among High School Cannabis Users

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) have created a jurisdiction specific profile using the 2018 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). The profile builds on the reports published by the MDH in order to illustrate substance use and mental health among high school cannabis users. Click here to view…