25th Annual Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) Forum

Recently, Director of ONDCP, Michael Botticelli talked to HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi about drug use and prevention efforts in Howard County. Shortly after this photo, Mr. Botticelli, someone who freely acknowledges being in recovery, received notice that his confirmation would be before the Senate on Monday, February 9th. Joan was close enough to hear an emotional Mr. Botticelli say “It’s all about recovery” as he struggled to fight tears.

Joan talked with Drug Czar, General Barry McCaffery and received a hug for her work. General McCaffery said his position as Director of ONDCP was his most important job ever.




Robert White, Esq. joined Drug Czar, Dr. William Bennett to sign Joan’s copy of their new book, Going to Pot. Earlier in the day, she heard Dr. Bennett speak about how legalizing marijuana is harming America.

Play It Safe Fundraiser in Ocean City

OC Fundraiser

HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi attended the Play It Safe fundraiser in Ocean City. Play It Safe sponsors free alcohol and drug-free events during June honoring high school graduates who choose to celebrate their graduation in Ocean City, Maryland. Pictured: Teen wearing Play It Safe t-shirt and Joan.

HC DrugFree on Capitol Hill

For the second consecutive year Joan Webb Scornaienchi, the Executive Director of HC DrugFree, visited Capitol Hill as part of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) Capitol Hill Day. Scornaienchi was part of a group of prevention professionals who visited the nation's capitol to advocate for substance abuse prevention, education, and treatment. 

HC DrugFree at Project SAM Meeting


Joan Webb Scornaienchi, the Executive Director of HC DrugFree, is pictured with former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy at a Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) meeting. Kennedy served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until 2011 and is now the face and name behind Project SAM which opposes the legalization of marijuana. Project SAM proposals include increased funding for mental health courts and treatment of drug dependency as well as accessibility to cannabinoids for those with cancer and other serious illnesses. For more information about Project SAM, please visit: http://learnaboutsam.com.

HC DrugFree Town Hall Meeting

HC DrugFree held a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 24 at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School. Speakers included Congressman Elijah Cummings, Delegate Elizabeth Bobo, Police Chief William McMahon, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker, and HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi. Topics of discussion included the issue of adults who provide alcohol and other drugs to youth in Howard County, how to empower youth and adults, and HC DrugFree's upcoming media campaign supporting the parents not hosting teen alcohol parties. Those who attended had the chance to speak one on one with the owner of a drug testing lab and have their questions answered. Several secured medicine boxes were given away.

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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HC DrugFree Receives Proclamation

HC DrugFree was presented with a Joint Proclamation from the County Executive and the County Council declaring March 2013 as HC DrugFree's Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month in Howard County.

HC DrugFree Town Hall Meeting

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HC DrugFree held a Town Hall Meeting to discuss changing the environment of underage drinking in Howard County. Joining Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, on the panel were The Honorable William V. Tucker, Judge, Howard County Circuit Court; Chief William McMahon, Howard County Police Department; Dr. Kevin Seaman, Medical Director, Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services; James LeMon, Principal, Wilde Lake High School; Farah Evans, Pupil Personnel Worker, Howard County Public Schools; and Rachel Ingley, a recent graduate of a Howard County Public School. Introductory remarks were made by State Delegate Liz Bobo.

Underage drinking is an issue that affects us all. You cannot effect change if you do not make yourself heard.

HC DrugFree Receives Howard County Joint Proclamation

During the County Council legislative session, the Howard County Council presented HC DrugFree with a Joint Proclamation from the County Executive and the County Council declaring March 2012 as HC DrugFree's Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month. Pictured at left are: Dr. Calvin Ball, Greg Fox, Chairperson Mary Kay Sigaty, HC DrugFree's Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Vice Chairperson Courtney Watson, Jennifer Terrasa

HC DrugFree Awarded Contract to Provide Substance Abuse Prevention

HC DrugFree was awarded a contract to provide substance abuse prevention services on behalf of the Howard County Health Department’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. By way of this contract, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, will serve as Howard County’s Prevention Coordinator and Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF) Coordinator. Read the Business Monthly article (DOC).

Pictured right are: Dr. Peter Beilenson, Howard County Health Officer; Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree; M. Dudley Greer, Director, Howard County Health Department's Bureau of Substance Abuse Service.