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 to register your student and/or submit questions for HC DrugFree’s staff.

Teens Get Their Questions Answered on 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 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.

HC DrugFree Provides Update

HC DrugFree thanks the Thurgood Marshall Democratic Club of Howard County for inviting us to provide a community update.

Up in Smoke with Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA


HC DrugFree and Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA partnered to provide Up In Smoke: What Parents Need to Know about Juuling, Vaping and Other Drugs. More than 75 parents and students attended.

Pictured front row: BBMS PTA President Tonya Sigalas; BBMS PTA HC DrugFree Rep Gina McGuinness; BBMS student and HC DrugFree volunteer Kyle McGuinness; HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi; BBMS student and HC DrugFree volunteer Grace Koung. Back row: BBMS Principal Dr. Drew Cockley; program presenter and owner of Congruent Counseling Mark Donovan; and BBMS parent and HC DrugFree volunteer Fran Koung.

Partnering with OCPD throughout the Year


HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi and Lt. Howard Caplan with the Ocean City Police Department work together throughout the year to keep Howard County youth and families safe.

It’s time to begin planning our spring 2019 Senior Week in OC programs held in partnership with the OCPD and OC Beach Patrol.

Another picture with the OCPD Jail Bird.

HC DrugFree's Latest Successful Medication and Sharps Collection

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HC DrugFree’s Team had another successful Medication and Sharps drive-thru collection in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot in Columbia.

In 4 hours on a rainy Saturday, 776.3 lbs of medication and 18 large bins of sharps were collected at our location.

Thank you to all the Howard County residents delivering medication and sharps.

Thank you to the Howard County Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration for guarding and transporting the medication.

Thank you to all our event sponsors, and thank you to our many partners promoting the event.

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Thank you to HC DrugFree’s amazing volunteer team. We had more than 85 adults and students working this event. We appreciate your energy and commitment to our mission and our community.

Thank you all for standing with HC DrugFree. See you in 6 months at the next collection.

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and HC DrugFree’s Executive Director talking with residents as they collected meds/sharps in the rain.

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford and HC DrugFree’s Executive Director talking with residents as they collected meds/sharps in the rain.

HC DrugFree Continues to Work with CADCA

HC DrugFree’s Executive Director was once again invited by Retired Army General, Arthur T. Dean to attend the annual Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) awards dinner. The event was held at National Harbor, MD.

HC DrugFree thanks General Dean and CADCA’s staff for your support throughout the years.