September 27, 2014 National Drug Take Back Day Results
The Howard County Police Department staffed 9 collection sites around the County and collected a total of 821 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Pictured here are the volunteers at HC DrugFree's Office at the Wilde Lake Village Center collection center and the 5 bags of prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as the boxes of needles, syringes and EpiPens collected in just 4 hours.  The next Drug Take Back Day will be scheduled in Spring, 2015. HC DrugFree thanks HCPD for all they do throughout the year to keep the community safe!

Needles and Syringes Collected for Disposal

September 27, 2014 - Masoomeh Khamesian, Director of Pharmacy at Howard County General Hospital and HC DrugFree Board Chair, and Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director, organize the boxes and bags of needles, syringes and EpiPens collected at the HC DrugFree office on September 27. The hospital is partnering with HC DrugFree to provide this semi-annual community service. The next collection date will be announced in the Spring of 2015.
Parents: Tips to Keep Your Teens Safe at Concerts
HC DrugFree shares 10 tips for parents to help educate their teens about concert safety. Click here to view the tip sheet.
HC DrugFree Launches New Initiative
Pictured above are: Medical Director, Howard County Fire & Rescue Services - Dr. Kevin Seaman; Director of the Bureau of Behavioral Health, Howard County Health Department - Roe Rogers-Bonaccorsy; Executive Director, HC DrugFree - Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Howard County Health Officer, Howard County Health Department - Dr. Maura Rossman; Chair, Howard County Board of Education - Ellen Flynn Giles; Howard County Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker; Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner

On behalf of the Howard County Alcohol Coalition, HC DrugFree has launched a new initiative - Be a Parent, Not a Friend - in an effort to educate parents and other adults about the risks and consequences of providing alcohol to underage youth, as well as the hazards of underage drinking. Click below to see interviews with local law enforcement, school officials, and more.
It's Never Too Early
Parents- talk to your kids about alcohol. For advice and tips about discussing underage drinking, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) website at http://www.samhsa.gov.
Overdose Response Training
Who should attend an overdose response training program? What will training participants learn and receive? To learn more about these programs provided by the Howard County Health Department, check out the information to the right.
Del. Elizabeth Bobo, Congressman Elijah Cummings, HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker, County Council Member Courtney Watson and Police Chief William McMahon at the Town Hall Meeting.
HC DrugFree Town Hall Meeting
HC DrugFree held a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School. Speakers included Congressman Elijah Cummings, Delegate Elizabeth Bobo, Police Chief William McMahon, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker, and HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi. Topics of discussion included the issue of adults who provide alcohol and other drugs to youth in Howard County, how to empower youth and adults, and HC DrugFree's upcoming media campaign supporting the "Cool Parents" (the parents not hosting teen alcohol parties). Those who attended had the chance to speak one on one with the owner of a drug testing lab and have their questions answered. Several secured medicine boxes were given away.

Teen Advisory Council

HC DrugFree is seeking high school students to serve on its Teen Advisory Council (TAC)

HC DrugFree's TAC provides the youth perspective to the staff and Board of Directors of HC DrugFree to increase the effectiveness of HC DrugFree's programs, newsletters, website and other services.

TAC is composed of Howard County high school students (public, private and home school) who meet monthly during the school year to discuss and plan more effective ways to help create and promote a drug free environment and to develop educational messages that promote HC DrugFree's vision of a community where teens are drug-free by choice.

This year TAC will have the opportunity to work with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration.

Responsibilities of the Teen Advisory Council will include:

  • Discuss ways to promote the HC DrugFree message in schools and throughout the community
  • Help create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to help spread HC DrugFree's message
  • Participate in developing programs, newsletter articles, website & brochures


Benefits of Joining the Teen Advisory Council are:

  • Meet new people from other schools
  • Gain knowledge of what's happening in Howard County
  • Feel empowered to make a difference
  • Community service hours available

For more information, please click here or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree at joan@hcdrugfree.org. To download an application for TAC, please click here.
HC DrugFree Earns BBB Accredited Charity Seal
HC DrugFree has been awarded the Better Business Bureau accredited Charity Seal by the Wise Giving Alliance. The seal can only be used by a local charity that has undergone an extensive review conducted by BBB and meets or exceeds all of the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, which were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and advance philanthropy.
Contact HC DrugFree
10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 206
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 443-325-0040

Executive Director
Joan Webb Scornaienchi