HC DrugFree
Committed to Helping Youth Avoid Alcohol and Drugs

HC DrugFree is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower the community to eliminate the abuse and illegal use of alcohol and other drugs among youth. In collaboration with other organizations and through outreach, HC DrugFree provides educational programs and resources to parents, youth, educators and the community. Learn more about HC DrugFree.
Parents: Enter to Win $100 Gift Card

HC DrugFree thanks parents for keeping our children safe throughout the year and not holding parties where alcohol might be served. If your child will attend a Howard County PTSA sponsored After Prom, please click here to enter to win a $100 gift card. Deadline: noon, Saturday, May 31st. HC DrugFree is proud partners with the Howard County Public School System, PTA Council of Howard County, Howard County Police Department, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the Howard County Library System and provides substance abuse prevention services on behalf of the Howard County Health Department.

Spring Drug Take Back Day: April 26, 2014
For more information, please click here.
October 26, 2013 - 862 Pounds of Meds 
Collected in Howard County!
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Pictured: Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree; Ellen Flynn Giles, Board of Education member; Brian Meshkin, Board of Education member and Proove Biosciences, Inc.; and the Howard County Police Officer assigned to the HC DrugFree office Take Back Day location. They are holding the 4 bags of medication collected at the site.
Pictured above: back row: parent volunteer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Joan Webb Scornaienchi and Brian Meshkin; front row: members of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council and youth volunteers.
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 404
Columbia, MD 21044
Phone: 443-325-0040

Executive Director
Joan Webb Scornaienchi