County Executive Allan Kittleman directs the public to HC DrugFree and the Howard County Health Department for concerns about heroin addiction and to avoid the tragic loss shared in this video.
HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, was named one of "10 People Who Make the Baltimore Region Better" in an article in The Baltimore Sun. Ms. Scornaienchi has been the Executive Director of HC DrugFree since 2009 and has received much recognition for her work.
HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, was invited by Dr. Amelia Arria and the University of Maryland School of Public Health to serve on a panel as part of Public Health Research at Maryland 2018.
The day-long event was held on April 3 at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland College Park campus. Featured speakers and panel discussions addressed the theme: Reimagining Health: Partnership, Programs, Policies.
Ms. Scornaienchi participated on the panel: Widening the Lens of the Opioid Epidemic.
Ocean City Police Cpl. Howard Caplan and Howard County Public School administrator James McVey representing Ocean City Beach Patrol joined HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi at the first of two annual Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC programs. This event was hosted by Howard High School's principal Nick Novak. HC DrugFree thanks its partners at HCPSS, OC Police and OC Beach Patrol.
Congratulations to Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director since 2009 for being inducted into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame for her many contributions to the County.
Members of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) remind you that today is national Kick Butts Day, a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco.
Great strides have been made in the fight against tobacco, but daily, more than 3,000 youth under 18 try smoking for the first time and 700 youth become new daily smokers. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., killing more than 480,000 people each year.
HC DrugFree's teen volunteers joined staff at the annual Latino Health Fair at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center to distribute free English and Spanish drug/alcohol educational materials.
Once again, HC DrugFree was proud to partner with the Ho Co Student FilmFest. The event was held on Friday, March 9 at the Miller Library in Ellicott City. More than 100 youths and adults attended the event to cheer on the student filmmakers.
HC DrugFree's category received 8 films qualifying for judging.
Pictured: HCPSS staff and filmfest advisor Ms. Danielle DuPuis, HC DrugFree's Executive Director Ms. Joan Webb Scornaienchi, students Claire O'Saughnessy & Rubama Patwary, and HCPSS staff and filmfest advisor Ms. Jill Lee. Absent from photo: HCPSS staff and filmfest advisor Ms. Binki McKenna.
Congratulations to HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi for her upcoming induction into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame.
Ms. Scornaienchi will be one of three women inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in 2018. The induction ceremony will be held on March 22 in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City, MD.
For more information about the event or the three women, visit http://bit.ly/2Ch81HW.
HC DrugFree was pleased to spend time with old friends and meet new partners in the substance use prevention movement while at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, MD.
Pictured: HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi with Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Instititues of Health (NIH).
Dr. Compton has worked with HC DrugFree for the past several years and it's always good to hear his latest science-based updates. Dr. Compton's presentation emphasized the importance of prescribing practices, as well as methods of prevention that are school and community based.
HC DrugFree thanks NIDA for partnering with us throughout the year and we extend a special thank you to Dr. Compton for making himself available to us and cheering on our efforts.
Pictured: Joan with Mr. Richard Baum, Acting Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) holding a "We Want YOU - Partnering for Underage Drinking Prevention" sign to be used later that day at a prevention rally in D.C.
Mr. Baum has been a member of ONDCP's staff since the late 1990s and he was named Acting Director of ONDCP by President Trump in March 2017.