TAC Talks: Time Management

TAC Talks: Time Management

TAC Talks is a collection of video segments, developed with the creativity and insights of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council, and presented in the style of TED Talks, hence the name TAC Talks. Originally presented as a part of a community program, they are now available as smaller segments by topic. This TAC Talk on Time Management is…

TAC Talks: Transitioning from Middle to High School

TAC Talks: Transitioning from Middle to High School

TAC Talks is a collection of video segments, developed with the creativity and insights of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council, and presented in the style of TED Talks, hence the name TAC Talks. Originally presented as a part of a community program, they are now available as smaller segments by topic. This TAC Talk on Transitioning from…

Free Life Skills Classes

Free Life Skills Classes

More information about future Life Skills and other classes and events will be shared in our newsletter. Life Skills Training for Grades 6-9(or slightly younger or older) The 8 FREE online sessions will be offered July 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, & 25 HC DrugFree will provide another series of FUN and interactive skills-based…

TAC Talks: Motivation & Perseverance Solutions

TAC Talks: Motivation & Perseverance Solutions

TAC Talks is a collection of video segments, developed with the creativity and insights of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council, and presented in the style of TED Talks, hence the name TAC Talks. Originally presented as a part of a community program, they are now available as smaller segments by topic. This TAC Talk on Motivation &…

Refusal Skills: A Super Power at Any Age

Refusal Skills: A Super Power at Any Age

Submitted by an anonymous Howard County community member.I was watching my eldest granddaughter play alone at a recent birthday party. Her mother, my daughter, approached me and mentioned her concern about her daughter not having many close friends and choosing often to play alone. After chatting a bit about this and reassuring her that this…

Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response Warns of Medetomidine

Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response Warns of Medetomidine

From Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health recently distributed the attached health alert regarding medetomidine, a veterinary sedative that has increasingly been found in Philadelphia’s supply of illicit drugs. Important takeaways from the health alert are summarized below. Medetomidine Highlights Medetomidine is a veterinary sedative (alpha-2 agonist) that is more…

National Prevention Week: #MyPreventionStory

National Prevention Week: #MyPreventionStory

National Prevention Week (May 12-18) is a public education platform sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showcasing the work of communities and organizations across the country dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. HC DrugFree is proud to join with SAMHSA in…

DEA Releases 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment

DEA Releases 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment

On May 9. 2024, the DEA issued a press release regarding the 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment. You can read the press release and download a PDF of the report below. WASHINGTON – Today, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced the release of the 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), DEA’s comprehensive strategic assessment of illicit drug…

The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

Prom Night can be one of the most memorable evenings of a teen’s life…but at what cost? Of course, there are the traditional expenses such as formal attire, tickets to the event, and maybe even splurging for a limo! But what about the optional costs of Prom Night? If a student is found to have…

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

This week, acting school superintendent, William J. Barnes, sent out an email reminding HCPSS families how dangerous Prom season can be for teens. We are sharing this message to echo the desire for young people to create wonderful memories while making responsible choices that help to keep themselves and others safe. As we approach the last…