Refusal Skills: A Super Power at Any Age

Refusal Skills: A Super Power at Any Age

Submitted by an anonymous Howard County community member.I was watching my eldest granddaughter play alone at a recent birthday party. Her mother, my daughter, approached me and mentioned her concern about her daughter not having many close friends and choosing often to play alone. After chatting a bit about this and reassuring her that this…

Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response Warns of Medetomidine

Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response Warns of Medetomidine

From Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health recently distributed the attached health alert regarding medetomidine, a veterinary sedative that has increasingly been found in Philadelphia’s supply of illicit drugs. Important takeaways from the health alert are summarized below. Medetomidine Highlights Medetomidine is a veterinary sedative (alpha-2 agonist) that is more…

National Prevention Week: #MyPreventionStory

National Prevention Week: #MyPreventionStory

National Prevention Week (May 12-18) is a public education platform sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showcasing the work of communities and organizations across the country dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. HC DrugFree is proud to join with SAMHSA in…

DEA Releases 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment

DEA Releases 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment

On May 9. 2024, the DEA issued a press release regarding the 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment. You can read the press release and download a PDF of the report below. WASHINGTON – Today, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced the release of the 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), DEA’s comprehensive strategic assessment of illicit drug…

The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

Prom Night can be one of the most memorable evenings of a teen’s life…but at what cost? Of course, there are the traditional expenses such as formal attire, tickets to the event, and maybe even splurging for a limo! But what about the optional costs of Prom Night? If a student is found to have…

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

This week, acting school superintendent, William J. Barnes, sent out an email reminding HCPSS families how dangerous Prom season can be for teens. We are sharing this message to echo the desire for young people to create wonderful memories while making responsible choices that help to keep themselves and others safe. As we approach the last…

Reflections on Life Skills

One of our long term Teen Advisory Council members, Malhar, was a part of our college student team teaching our recent Life Skills class. In the essay below, he outlines his experience. What really made this experience stand out was the hands-on approach we took. Rather than just lecturing, we engaged the students in discussions, role-plays,…

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: What’s Your WHY?

What’s Your WHY? #MyWHYNDAFW HC DrugFree asked teen and adult residents of Howard County, MD their WHY: Why they care about drug & alcohol related education, prevention resources, and why leading by example matters. This is what they said… HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and…

TAC Talks: HoCo Teens Present Thoughtful Insights in Meaningful Student Lead Program

TAC Talks: HoCo Teens Present Thoughtful Insights in Meaningful Student Lead Program

You’ve heard of TED Talks. Now, we’d like to introduce TAC Talks! On Monday, March 18 HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) presented “insider information” for parents, educators, middle school students, and their high school peers during this special student-lead community program. This special event covered a range of thought-provoking topics, chosen and presented by Howard County…

In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

Hey high schoolers and parents! Let’s talk about something that’s on a lot of minds these days: marijuana. On July 1, 2023, the State of Maryland legalized some amount of cannabis use and possession. Since it was now legalized in the state for people over 21, it’s easy to think that college campuses are all…