Teen Advisory Council

The Teen Advisory Council is composed of Howard County high school students (public, private and home school) who meet monthly during the school year to discuss teen use of alcohol and other drugs, and to develop educational messages that promote HC DrugFree's vision of a County where teens are drug-free by choice. Find out more information about becoming involved with the Teen Advisory Council.

Do you have questions about drugs and how they can affect you and your friends? Do you feel like you just don't have enough information? Like everyone else knows more than you do? Click on the image to go to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Teen Page and you will find the answers to your questions. 

HC DrugFree is on Facebook!

Visit us on Facebook to find out about special events, learn fun facts, and connect with other teens.

HCDrugFree Programs & Outreach

Educational programs designed with parents and teens in mind are scheduled throughout the school year. Topics include drinking and driving, prom and graduation safety, senior week in Ocean City, tips for parents on raising teens, and other subject matter related to alcohol and drug abuse. Find out about our upcoming events and programs.

Marijuana Facts for Teens
If you have questions about the dangers of marijuana or if you worry about someone who might be using it, click on the image to download the National Institute on Drug Abuse's most recent brochure for teens about marijuana and get some answers.


Helpful Information for Teens

Just think twice
Get the facts about drugs, their consequences and what other teens are saying about drug use.

Too smart to start
Get the real facts about underage drinking.

In their own words: the perils of drug addiction as told by survivors of the disease
Watch this short-length documentary featuring the struggles of addiction through the lives of young adults. This video was created by Jodi Barber and Christine Brant, two moms on the front lines of the war on drugs doing battle in their community.

CNN Heroes
Read stories of teens and parents taking a stand against drunk driving after experiencing personal tragedy.

Wasted: Young & Using
Watch a series of videos from WUSA9 News Now that explore the consequences of drinking and driving and other underage violations.

The cigar trap
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shares the dangers of cigar smoking.

You need to KNOW
In DC, Maryland and Virginia a DUI arrest will cost you your license.
The total cost of a DUI ranges anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000.
16-20 year olds are TWICE AS LIKELY to die in an alcohol-related crash.
Read more information about the Checkpoint Strikeforce (PDF).

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Visit the SAMHSA website, which aims to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Books about drug abuse for teens & parents 
Review this list of books about drug abuse for teens and parents (PDF).

Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in getting involved? Check out these volunteer opportunities with our partners:

The Howard County Health Department Tobacco Enforcement Unit is looking for teen volunteers. Service learning hours are available. Learn more about volunteering with the Tobacco Enforcement Unit (PDF).

The Howard County Police Department's Alcoholic Beverage Inspector is recruiting volunteers to assist with undercover underage alcohol compliance checks. Learn more about volunteering with the Alcoholic Beverage Inspector (PDF).