HC DrugFree's Executive Director Renamed One of Maryland's Most Admired CEO

HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, was renamed one of Maryland's
Most Admired CEOs by The Daily Record in the category of Non-Profit With Less Than $10 Million in Annual Revenue. The awards ceremony was held on September 17 at the BWI Hilton.

For a complete list of honorees,
click here .  
This Saturday - Got Drugs? National Drug Take Back Day 

Once again, HC DrugFree is partnering with the Howard County Police Department for National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 26 from 10 AM to 2 PM. There will be 4 collection sites - the 3 permanent drop off locations and HC DrugFree's office in the Wilde Lake Village Center. Remember, you don't need to wait to dispose of your meds. Unwanted meds can be taken to one of the 3 permanent drop off locations open DAILY year round - click here for a list of the permanent drop off locations.
In addition to collecting meds, HC DrugFree will also be collecting needles, syringes and EpiPens on September 26 from 10 AM to 2 PM. 
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September is National Recovery Month 

National Recovery Month is a national observance to increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery by:
  • Promoting the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders
  • Celebrating people in recovery
  • Lauding the contributions of treatment and service providers
  • Promoting the message that prevention works and recovery in all its forms is possible
Mass. Hospital Battling Post-Op Pain Without Using Opiates
Taking narcotics after surgery is often the easiest, most effective way to tackle pain, but for many people it's also a gateway to opioid abuse.

In a recent study, 75% of heroin users in New England said their addictions started with prescription drugs. Now a surgeon at a Massachusetts hospital is on the leading edge of a solution that's helping eliminate the need for opioid prescriptions after surgery. Click here to read the WCVB ABC 5 news story.
Marijuana Commercialization Failing in Colorado
According to the recent Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report, there have been significant increases in traffic fatalities, child poison control exposures, hospitalizations, youth use, and additional alarming data detailing how Colorado's experiment with retail marijuana regulation is a public health and safety failure. Click here to read the Press Release from SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).
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. 
Are you "In the KNOW" about drug availability in our community?
According to the 2013 Howard County Youth Risk Behavior Survey:
  • 1.1% of youth age 11 or younger say they have access to drugs at school
  • 7.2% of 14-year-old middle school students agree
  • 25.4% of 15-year-old high school students agree
Send us your reaction for our Parent/Adult Blog. Email to  
High School Students' Use of E-Cigarettes and Hookahs TRIPLED
According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, the use of e-cigarettes by U.S. high school students tripled and the use of hookahs doubled between 2013 and 2014. Click here to read more from the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR).
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. 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

Si le gustaria recibir uno de los folletos gratis abajo, favor de mandar su nombre y direccion fisica a

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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