National and State Experts Present Data in Howard County   

On May 20, 42 individuals attended the combined Howard County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board (ADAAB) and the county's Opioid Coalition meeting to hear national and state opioid misuse data presented by Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, former Secretary of the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and now Associate Dean at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Both Compton and Sharfstein told attendees that heroin use often begins with prescription opioid misuse and praised Howard County for many of their efforts including Naloxone trainings provided by the Health Department, semi-annual Drug Take Back Days, and providing permanent medication collection boxes. The meeting was held at the Howard County Health Department.

What can you do to reduce prescription drug abuse? See Permanent Medication Disposal Boxes information below. 

Pictured above: Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Dr. Wilson Compton, County Executive Allan Kittleman, HC DrugFree Executive Director and Chair of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Howard County State's Attorney Dario Broccolino, HC DrugFree Board Emeritus and Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker

Pictured right: Former Secretary of the MD Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and currently Associate Dean with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Howard County Deputy Health Officer Ronna Gotthainer, HC DrugFree Executive Director and Chair of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board Joan Webb Scornaienchi, and Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Dr. Wilson Compton


Congratulations and Thank You to Our Graduating Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Members
HC DrugFree congratulates all of the seniors who are members of the HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council (TAC) on their graduation from high school, and wishes them the very best in their future endeavors:

Anita Amin Jordan Gallagher Lindsey Mazer
Matt Bishop Meera Gullipalli Namrata Nagarajan
Katherine Chiu Sarah Harbinson Caroline Simon
Eliana Crentsil Juliana Kaiser Hanna Webster
Holly D'Angelo Athena Kan
Thank You to The Rest of Our TAC Members and Teen Volunteers for a Great Year!
Sydney Allen
Mary Shea Kealey Kustas
Harsh Patel
Jose Soto
Sophia Bi Rachel Lin
Siddharth Rayathatha
Alexis Stratton Bratcher
Kyle Cabonilas Matt Maguire
Elizabeth Sangvil
Courtney Tse
Jong In Chung Catherine Mariam
Hannah Sheetz
Gary Tse
Jasson Crentsil
Hafeeza Mughal
Miriam Sheetz
Daniel Wang
Xiaolu Guo
Kyton Ovide
Allen Shieh
Kevin Zheng
Lauryn Hoppers
Snigdha Palli
Sonali Shirali
Parents: Don't Forget to Enter After-Prom Drawing!
If your child will attend a Howard County Public School PTSA-sponsored After-Prom, go to  before midnight on Sunday, May 31 and enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card !
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.
HC DrugFree TAC Member Rachel Lin Elected to Board of Ed 
Congratulations to HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council member Rachel Lin, who was elected as the student member of the Board of Education. Click here to read the May 27, 2015 Howard County Times article about her campaign success.
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 on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10 AM at the Health Department. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.
Have you heard about the Good Samaritan Law?
On October 1, 2014, Maryland put into effect the Good Samaritan Law which protects a person from getting into trouble if they summon aid for someone else who is overdosing on drugs or alcohol. As an example, if a Maryland teenager is drinking alcohol with a teenage friend and the friend becomes sick, neither will get into trouble if they call for help, even though they are both underage. Teach your teenager to always be a Good Samaritan and don't hesitate to call for medical help if they think a friend might be overdosing. It's better to be safe than really sorry later! For more information, please visit
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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