Columbia Town Hall meeting to discuss teens' drug use

The Baltimore Sun- Whether it's alcohol, marijuana, heroin, prescription medication or newer, synthetic substances like K2, it's easy for teenagers to access drugs in Howard County. At least, that's what dozens of high school students have told Joan Webb Scornaienchi, executive director of HC DrugFree, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent substance abuse among the county's youth.

"They say, 'I can get anything I want, anytime I want,' " Scornaienchi said.

And sometimes, both knowingly and unknowingly, their parents are the suppliers, she said.

That's why on Tuesday, Sept 24., Scornaienchi, along with U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, whose 7th Congressional District includes parts of Howard County, Del. Liz Bobo, Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon and several other local leaders will participate in HC DrugFree's Town Hall Meeting at Wilde Lake High School's Jim Rouse Theatre.

The meeting, which begins at 7 p.m., will include discussions about the state of teen drug use in Howard County, adults who provide drugs and alcohol to teens, and ways parents can educate and empower their children to avoid substance abuse. 

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