National Drug Take Back Day - Success in Howard County! 

County Executive Allan Kittleman, members of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council, and HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi
On Saturday, September 26, the Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree partnered to collect more than 500 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Thank you to County Executive Allan Kittleman, Ellen Flynn Giles from the Board of Education, members of Soroptimist International of Howard County, teens from HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council, and all our volunteers. Thank you to Police Chief Gary Gardner and his staff for partnering with HC DrugFree throughout the year to reduce drug misuse.

Board of Education member Ellen Flynn Giles and Joan
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council members
3 out of 4 people using heroin began with the use of prescription medication. 
Members of Soroptimist International of Howard County: Diane Miller, Kathy Corley Murray and Joan

Some of the medication collected at HC DrugFree's location

Above all, thank you to the Howard County community for supporting the work of HCPD and HC DrugFree and removing unwanted/expired medications from your homes.  
N eedles, Syringes and EpiPens Collected 

HC DrugFree's office in the Wilde Lake Village Center collected three large bo
xes of needles, syringes and EpiPens for proper disposal. Thank you to Howard County General Hospital for once again partnering with us on this community project.
"In the KNOW... About Opioid Misuse" Campaign - New Video!
Sharing Medications
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HC DrugFree is contracted by the Howard County Health Department to provide substance misuse prevention/educational services, with funding from MD BHA and SAMHSA.
Health & Human Services Department Unveils New Rules for Doctors Treating Opiate Drug Abuse
With the U.S. in the thick of what's been called a pre­scrip­tion-paink­iller epi­dem­ic, the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment an­nounced plans to change a rule re­strict­ing doc­tors from pre­scrib­ing med­ic­a­tion to treat opioid ab­use. Click here to read the article from the
Government Executive.

Do You KNOW 7 Reasons Not to Take Someone Else's Medications?

  1. You could have a serious reaction to the medication.
  2. You may not really need it.
  3. You could become even sicker.
  4. Everyone should finish his own medicine.
  5. Prescriptions are prescribed with one person in mind.
  6. The potential for negative drug interactions is high.
  7. There is no medical oversight of the risks, so you could die!
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Underage Gambling - New Law in Maryland 
Under a new law in the Annotated Code of Maryland, underage gambling citations issued to individuals under the age of 18 will be adjudicated in the juvenile court system and punishment can include fines, community service, or mandated participation in counseling for problem gambling. Individuals 18 to 20 years old  who are issued an underage gambling citation will receive a summons from District Court to appear for trial where fines between $100 and $1,000 may be imposed.  Click here  to read more from the University of Maryland's Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling. For additional resources, please visit
E-Cigarette Use by Youth Linked to Future Intention to Smoke Conventional Cigarettes
According to the 2011-2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey, nonsmoking youth who had used e-cigarettes were nearly twice as likely to have intentions to smoke conventional cigarettes. Click here to read more from the Center for Substance Abuse Research.
Free Howard County Police and HC DrugFree Magnets 

HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Health Department to keep important phone numbers on your refrigerator or file cabinet.

Email or call 443-325-0040 to request your magnet today!

Click here to read the magnet. 
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC)
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The next TAC meeting will be held on October 12. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director at or  443-325-0040.

Permanent Medication Disposal Boxes
Howard County residents can drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at 3 locations in the County where permanent disposal boxes have been installed. Boxes are located at the Howard County Police Northern District Station (3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City) open 24/7, the Howard County Police Southern District Station (11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel) open 24/7, and the Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 Route 97, Cooksville) open 7 AM to 9 PM Monday-Saturday, and 9 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

Coming soon: HC DrugFree has partnered with the Howard County Police Department to provide additional permanent medication disposal boxes in the County...Stay tuned for more details.
Free Training to Save a Life! Opioid Overdose Response Training
If your child, spouse or friend is abusing opioids (prescription pain medicines such as Percocet or Vicodin, and street drugs such as heroin), attend the free training offered by the Howard County Health Department. The next classes are scheduled for Monday, October 26 at 10:00 AM, Monday, November 16 at 5:00 PM, and Monday, December 14 at 8:00 AM, all at the Health Department. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.
HC DrugFree's Newsletters are Now Archived
To read past issues of HC DrugFree's newsletters, go to and click on Resources - Newsletter Archive. 
If you would like to receive any of these free pamphlets, please send your name and address to

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For more information, contact
Joan Webb Scornaienchi,  Executive Director
HC DrugFree
Wilde Lake Village Center
5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206
Columbia, MD 21044
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