Sep
23
5:30 PM17:30

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Mtg (High School Students Only)

High school teens can earn community service hours through HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC). The first 2019-20 meeting will be held on Monday, September 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Barn (Teen Center) located in The Oakland Mills Village Center. Please RSVP to Admin@hcdrugFree.org.

TAC is open to all Howard County high school students (public, private and homeschool), but everyone must register. Forms can be found on the TAC page.

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. Encourage the teens in your life to join TAC where they will have a safe place to learn and discuss what is happening in and around our community. Questions?

Call 443-325-0040 or email Admin@hcdrugfree.org. We look forward to working with your teens!

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Oct
26
10:00 AM10:00

Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

No need to remove medication from the bottle or remove personal information! Support HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council by attending this twice a year prescription and over-the-counter medication and "sharps" (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection.

This convenient drive-thru event is FREE and open to the public.

Volunteers are welcome (community service hours for youth), but please let us know that you're planning to join us.

Medication is guarded by the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and transported from this site by HCPD.

For more information, go to Events and click on Drug Take Back or go to http://www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1/

If you have questions, please email HC DrugFree at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040. 

Tell your friends, gather their meds too, and join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

The Epidemic Outside of School Hours: KNOW How to Invest in Your Kid's Future

This program is for ADULTS only. Free. Open to all adults. No RSVP needed.

Long Reach High School is pleased to partner with HC DrugFree to bring Dr. Amelia Arria, Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health to share her expertise with parents and other community members.

This presentation will focus on areas of concern for high school parents and the impact of substance use, particularly marijuana, on academic performance.

Dr. Arria’s research focuses on health risk behaviors among college students and how these issues interfere with academic performance.

HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi will discuss vaping and what’s happening in Howard County. She will also have a display for parents/adults to view of hats sold locally with hidden drug pockets and many other common household items used to hide drugs.

Long Reach High School is located at 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia, MD 21045.

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Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

MC After Hours

Drug-Free Pain Management Awareness: learning about the opioid crisis, pain science, and healthy pain management options.

Join Dr. Brian Morrison of Morrison Chiropractic, P.A., and Joan Webb Scornaienchi of HC DrugFree at Morrison Chiropractic’s office for an evening celebrating Drug-Free Pain Management month (September 2019.) This evening will include learning about HC DrugFree's mission, and the important work they are doing combating the Opioid Crisis, as well as learning more about the science of pain and what you can do about it.

Date: Thursday, September 12

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Morrison Chiropractic, P.A., 2850 N. Ridge Road, Suite 107A, Ellicott City 21043

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May
2
3:00 PM15:00

Life Skills Classes for 9th and 10th Graders

Free Life Skills Classes for 9th and 10th graders at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center: Close enough for Oakland Mills High School students to walk, the classes begin on April 30. HC DrugFree, in partnership with the Columbia Association Youth and Teen Center, will present Botvin  LifeSkills Training, a 10-week highly interactive, skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development. Classes will be held from 3:00-3:45 p.m. Students are expected to attend all 10 classes to be held on: April 30, May 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & hold May 30 for a class make-up day. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LifeSkillsSpring2019 to register your student and/or submit questions for HC DrugFree’s staff.

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Apr
30
3:00 PM15:00

Life Skills Classes for 9th and 10th Graders

Free Life Skills Classes for 9th and 10th graders at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center: Close enough for Oakland Mills High School students to walk, the classes begin on April 30. HC DrugFree, in partnership with the Columbia Association Youth and Teen Center, will present Botvin  LifeSkills Training, a 10-week highly interactive, skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development. Classes will be held from 3:00-3:45 p.m. Students are expected to attend all 10 classes to be held on: April 30, May 2, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 & hold May 30 for a class make-up day. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LifeSkillsSpring2019 to register your student and/or submit questions for HC DrugFree’s staff.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

No need to remove medication from the bottle or remove personal information! Support HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council by attending this twice a year prescription and over-the-counter medication and "sharps" (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection.

This convenient drive-thru event is FREE and open to the public.

Volunteers are welcome (community service hours for youth), but please let us know that you're planning to join us.

Medication is guarded by the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and transported from this site by HCPD.

For more information, go to Events and click on Drug Take Back or go to http://www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1/

If you have questions, please email HC DrugFree at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040. 

Tell your friends, gather their meds too, and join us on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

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Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC (7:00 P.M. at Marriotts Ridge HS)

Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC to be held at Marriotts Ridge High School.

Parents (and grandparents!) and high school seniors are invited to attend: 2019 Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC program. Event will begin at 7:00 PM. Once again, Ocean City Police Cpl. Howard Caplan, Howard County Public School System's Mr. James McVey, IV (formerly with the Ocean City Beach Patrol) and HC DrugFree’s Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi will provide safety tips while in the water, on the beach, crossing the busy highway, at parties and much much more.

If you need to contact Corporal Howard Caplan at the Ocean City Police Department while your teen is away at Senior Week, you can reach him at 410-723-6610, 410-520-5299 (leave a voicemail), or by email at hcaplan@oceancitymd.gov

Click here to see the 2019 Ocean City “Play It Safe” calendar of  events for high school seniors going to beach week.

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Up in Smoke: What Parents Need to Know about Juuling, Vaping and Other Drugs

Free. Open to public. At Reservoir High School (Room 220 and 221).

As parents, we make sure our kids know the dangers of smoking cigarettes. Now what do we need to know about Juuling, vaping and other drugs that are easily accessible to our kids? Join HC DrugFree and the Reservoir High School PTSA to learn more about these popular drugs and get your questions answered.

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Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC (7:00 P.M. at Howard HS)

Monday, March 18, 2019 at Howard High School

Parents (and grandparents!) and high school seniors are invited to attend the 1st of two 2019 Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC programs. Event will begin at 7:00 PM. Once again, Ocean City Police Cpl. Howard Caplan, Howard County Public School System's Mr. James McVey, IV (formerly with the Ocean City Beach Patrol) and HC DrugFree’s Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi will provide safety tips while in the water, on the beach, crossing the busy highway, at parties and much much more.

If you need to contact Corporal Howard Caplan at the Ocean City Police Department while your teen is away at Senior Week, you can reach him at 410-723-6610, 410-520-5299 (leave a voicemail), or by email at hcaplan@oceancitymd.gov

Click here to see the 2019 Ocean City “Play It Safe” calendar of  events for high school seniors going to beach week.

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Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Parent/Guardian Program (Session 1 of 4): Reduce the Risk Your Children Will Use Drugs

Registration open at this time. Parents are expected to attend all 4 Tuesday classes to be held on March 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Use this link to register for all 4 classes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hcdrugfree2019 (Reminder: You must use this link and not try to click on the link below.)

Click here for a printable flier.

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Jan
24
8:00 AM08:00

NIDA's Chat Day

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is offering their annual Chat Day this Thursday, January 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. HC DrugFree is proud to once again be able to provide the Howard County access code.

Students may login at https://www.nidachat.org with the Howard County Access Code 59162, create a user name, and submit their questions to NIDA’s panel of scientific experts. In real-time, an expert will reply.

This national event will take place even if HCPSS is closed for weather challenges, so we encourage classes to participate and staff/parents to offer incentives to students participating from home. All questions/answers can be viewed online and will be shared by HC DrugFree.
Our Howard County students have questions! In a previous year, our students submitted 869 questions in one day, so we know our students want answers to their many questions.

Again, the 2019 Chat Day Access Code for All Howard County Students is 59162.

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Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Up in Smoke: What Parents Need to KNOW about Juuling, Vaping and Other Drugs

HC DrugFree and Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA are partnering to present:

UP IN SMOKE: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JUULING, VAPING AND OTHER DRUGS IN HOWARD COUNTY  

Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00 P.M. in the Bonnie Brand Middle School (cafeteria)

Free and Open to All Howard County High School and Middle School Students, Parents and the Community.

(HC DrugFree will provide community service hours for high school and middle school students attending)

As parents, we make sure our kids know the dangers of smoking cigarettes. Now what do we need to know about Juuling, vaping and other drugs that are easily accessible to our kids? Join HC DrugFree and the Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA to learn more about these popular drugs and get your questions answered.

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Oct
27
10:00 AM10:00

Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

No need to remove medication from the bottle or remove personal information! Support HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council by attending this twice a year prescription and over-the-counter medication and "sharps" (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection.

This convenient drive-thru event is FREE and open to the public.

Volunteers are welcome (community service hours for youth), but please let us know that you're planning to join us.

Medication is guarded by the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and transported from this site by HCPD.

For more information, go to Events and click on Drug Take Back or go to http://www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1/

If you have questions, please email HC DrugFree at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040. 

Tell your friends, gather their meds too, and join us on Saturday, October 27.

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Community Forum on Opioid Health Crisis

HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi will serve on a panel to discuss how the opioid health crisis is impacting our community. 

The FREE program is being sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association Health & Wealth Committee. The panel presentation will be followed by Q&A. 

Program Location: Slayton House (in the Wilde Lake Village Center), 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

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