You may already have big plans for your life, or you might not be sure “what you want to be when you grow up.” One thing is certain - decisions and actions today will guide and affect your tomorrow.

HC DrugFree knows that you face many pressures each day - pressures to excel in school, demands on your time from family, friends, and social media, just to name a few. At times you may feel that you can’t handle it all. Maybe you want to be sure to ace a test, do a great job on a project, practice your sport or instrument more – all at the same time. If only you could clone yourself! But since life isn’t a sci-fi movie, that’s not an option.

You may have heard a kid at school talk about taking a prescription medication to feel or do better. You figure because it is a prescription written by a doctor it must be safe…safe for you to take. WRONG! Not only isn’t it safe for you to take someone’s medication - it is illegal and can get you Benched for Life!

Because medications can affect individuals differently, taking someone else’s prescription can be dangerous to your health.

If you or someone you know is in need of immediate assistance with a personal, mental health, family, drug/alcohol, or shelter crisis call 2-1-1 press 1 (statewide), 410-531-6677, or 800-422-0009. Help is available 24-hours a day or go to the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center for screening and referral assistance located at 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia.

In case of an emergency, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.  

Click the bold names below to view website.

Emergencies - 911

Alcoholics Anonymous - 410-663-1922

Al-Anon & Alateen - 410-832-7094

Drug Activity Tip Line - 410-290-3784

Families Anonymous - 800-736-9805

Grassroots Crisis Intervention  - 410-531-6677

Howard County General Hospital  - 410-740-7890

Howard County Health Department - 410-313-6300 

Howard County Police Department - 410-313-3200

MD Poison Center - 800-222-1222

MD Youth Crisis Hotline - 800-422-0009

Nar-Anon - 800-477-6291

Narcotics Anonymous - 800-317-3222

Party Buster Hotline - 410-313-2284

Suicide Hotline - 800-784-2433

Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK

The Serenity Center - 410-884-6088