April 11, 2015 Drug Take Back Day Results
Today, 838 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications were collected during Drug Take Back Day at the 9 collection sites throughout the County including HC DrugFree's office in the Wilde Lake Village Center. HC DrugFree also collected 6 large bags of needles, syringes and EpiPens. The Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree are partnering to provide permanent medication disposal boxes. The first 3 boxes available for year-round use are at the Northern District Station (3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City), Southern District Station (11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel) and the Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 Route 97, Cooksville). Click here to read the press release.
Spring 2015 Drug Take Back Date Announced
Howard County Police and HC DrugFree urge everyone to properly dispose of expired or unwanted medications because two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from home, friends, or family. Please do not flush meds into the water system! Clean your medicine cabinets and bring your over-the-counter or prescription meds to one of the 9 convenient locations in Howard County. The location at HC DrugFree’s office was the only location that accepted needles, syringes and EpiPens. Click here to see the March 27, 2015 HCPD/HC DrugFree press release.
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.
April 26, 2014 Drug Take Back Day - 1,030 Pounds of Prescriptions, Needles, and EpiPens Collected
1,030 pounds were collected at the 10 Howard County drop off sites.
October 26, 2013 Drug Take Back Day a Success! 862 Pounds Collected in Howard County - The Most Ever!
Pictured left is HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Board of Education members Ellen Flynn Giles and Brian Meshkin, also of Proove Biosciences, Inc., and the Howard County Police Officer stationed at the site. They are pictured holding the 4 bags of prescription and over the counter medications that were collected at the HC DrugFree site. The next Drug Take Back Day will be in the Spring of 2014. Check back for more details. Pictured below are a parent volunteer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Joan Webb Scornaienchi and Brian Meshkin with members of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council and youth volunteers wearing shirts provided by HC DrugFree corporate sponsor Proove Biosciences, Inc.
According to The Partnership at Drugfree.org, two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from home, friends, or family. The three steps to keeping a safe home are monitor, secure and dispose. Monitor what medications you have in the home, how much you have, if there is any missing. Secure what you need to have in the home, medicine lock boxes or bags can cost as little as $20. Dispose of old, expired, and unused medication safely on the National Take Back Days held in the spring and fall.