How Much is Too Much?  Virtual Town Hall on Teen Stress in Howard County

How Much is Too Much? Virtual Town Hall on Teen Stress in Howard County

Some stress can be motivating, but too much can be debilitating.  So how do we help students learn how to effectively cope with academic pressure so they can be successful in all areas of their lives and prevent them from resorting to unhealthy coping strategies? Join us on Monday, January 9 from 5:30 p.m. to…

100 Free Medication Lockboxes Distributed During Medication & Sharps Collection Event

100 Free Medication Lockboxes Distributed During Medication & Sharps Collection Event

On October 29, during HC DrugFree’s medication & sharps disposal event, 100 free medication lockboxes were distributed to participating community members! These lockboxes were provided as our continued promotion of safe, secure storage of medication to keep our community safer!

Medication & Sharps Collection Results

Medication & Sharps Collection Results

As a part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day HC DrugFree’s drive-thru site collected 1,294 lbs. of medication (45 white bins) and 23 red bins of sharps in only 4 hours! Sharps are not included in the weight.

Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Calvin Ball

Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Calvin Ball

Thank you to County Executive Calvin Ball for awarding HC DrugFree with this Certificate of Recognition for National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. The certificate was presented to HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi by Kim Pruim who represented the County Executive at HC DrugFree’s semi-annual medication & sharps collection event.

Parenting Class Shares Their Tricks of the Trade

Parenting Class Shares Their Tricks of the Trade

Another Guiding Good Choices parenting class series ended last week, and the parents who participated walked away with some great ideas and suggestions from other parents on how to handle different situations.  Great discussions were had on the pros and cons of paying children for chores and how to get buy-in and agreement from reluctant…

Semi-Annual Medication & Sharps Collection is on Saturday!

Semi-Annual Medication & Sharps Collection is on Saturday!

Drive-Thru Medication & Sharps Disposal Event Our semi-annual drive-thru medication & sharps disposal event, aka Drug Take Back Day, is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to see you! Join us on Saturday October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot (near the Columbia Swim Center.)…

Virtual Town Hall on Teen Substance Misuse in Howard County

Virtual Town Hall on Teen Substance Misuse in Howard County

On Monday, October 24, HC DrugFree, in partnership with the Howard County PTSA Collaborative Parent Education Group, hosted a virtual town hall on teen substance misuse in Howard County. Parents, educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement representatives and more joined together in a conversation about what drugs students are using, how they are getting them,…

HC DrugFree at Latino Health Fair

HC DrugFree at Latino Health Fair

HC DrugFree participated in the Latino Health Fair at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Saturday Oct 15th. This fair provided health information and services to Spanish speakers in Howard County. In addition to HC DrugFree staff, we were joined by a member of our Teen Advisory Council.

Important 60-Second Survey!!! (Yes, We Timed It!)

Important 60-Second Survey!!! (Yes, We Timed It!)

In 2022-2023, HC DrugFree will host a series of FREE town hall events for the Howard County community. Each event will address a behavioral health (substance use and/or mental health) topic and will feature an expert in the field. The events will be free of charge and open to the entire community.To help us plan…

Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board Chair

Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory Board Chair

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, was recently elected chair of the Howard County Local Behavioral Health Advisory (HCLBHA) Board. HCLBHA was formed in June 2018 to advise the Howard County Executive and County Health Officer with their responsibility to plan, manage, and monitor Behavioral Health programs and services for county residents. “I am pleased…