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Prom Tips

Our son will be attending prom in a few weeks. Can you offer some tips/rules to help ensure it is a safe evening?

Please click here for suggestions for a safe prom night.


Drug Fact Chat Day

Every year the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) hosts Drug Fact Chat Day, an online forum which allows teens to ask professionals drug and alcohol questions. To see the transcript from the 2013 Chat Day, please click here

Upcoming Events

A free informational session about sexual health presented in partnership between the Howard County Health Department and HC DrugFree. The program will be offered twice. 


Wednesday, April 24 

6:30-8:00 p.m.

East Columbia Library

6600 Cradlerock Way

Columbia, MD 21045


Thursday, April 25

6:30-8:00 p.m.

Elkridge Library

6540 Washington Blvd.

Elkridge, MD 21075


For a printable flier with more information about this event, please click here.


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Are you a teen's drug dealer?
Click here to read about the 33% increase
of teen Rx drug abuse and the parental attitudes
contributing to this epidemic.
Click here to read about the millions of adults
who learned that they were their teen's dealer.
Click here for some statistics on medicine abuse.
Saturday, April 27, 2013 is
Drug Take Back Day
Don't miss this opportunity to clean out your medicine chest.
There will be 8 medication disposal sites in Howard County, including one at HC DrugFree's office in the Wilde Lake Village Center.
All sites will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
For more information and drop off locations, please click here.

Prescription Medication Lock Box

When you take into consideration that over 3 million teens in the United States abuse prescription medications and 70% of them admit to getting the drugs from family or friends, purchasing a lock box for your family's medications could save a life.

There are different companies and styles on the market, you can even get a zip pouch much like a bank deposit bag which makes it easier to travel safely with your prescriptions.

Several sites to visit are:

Calling All Howard County Teens
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is open to high school teens who live or attend school in Howard County. TAC meets one Monday a month at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.The next meeting is Monday, May 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. To download the application, please click here.

Ask Your Questions

Email your questions about drug and alcohol use and abuse to Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree at or mail them to our office. Look for answers in future issues. Senders will remain anonymous.

Visit HC DrugFree's website: for additional information.
Contact HC DrugFree
10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 404
Columbia, MD 21044