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…

What Do You Know About Synthetic Drugs?

Synthetic drugs are made to look like other drugs, and it’s almost impossible to know what you’re really getting with them because they’re made illegally and often mixed in with other drugs. Click here to read the facts about synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, synthetic marijuana, synthetic LSD, and more. Click here to watch a…

Online Parenting Classes

HC DrugFree and the State’s Attorney’s Office are offering another series of parenting classes. Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that provides the families of children age 9-14 with the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. Online parenting classes begin Wednesday, May 20. Thank you…

Online Life Skills Classes for Bonnie Branch Middle School Students

HC DrugFree has successfully moved Life Skills Classes for Bonnie Branch Middle School students online as of Tuesday, April 28. We have completed 6 classes through Zoom so far. Thank you to the BBMS team: Dr. Andrew Cockley, school staff, PTA, and BBMS/HC DrugFree Rep Gina McGuinness for making this partnership such a success throughout…

6 Pages of Tips for Parents

To help parents interact constructively with their children, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Click here to access documents.

What to Do if You Think You’ve Been Drugged

Whether you’re at a party or just hanging out, it’s possible that someone—someone you know or someone you don’t—may slip something into your drink that can hurt you. Click here to find out what you should do if you think you’ve been drugged.

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

The National Institute on Drug Abuse warns that COVID-19 could have a large impact on certain groups, including those with substance use disorders. COVID-19 attacks the lungs, so people who smoke tobacco or marijuana or vape are at a higher risk of being impacted. Click here to view a printable PDF of this article.