Get Your Spring Cleaning Done Now!
Before school ends and summer begins, hurry to clean your medicine cabinets. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more than 1.9million people in the US suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription pain medication in 2013, and studies have shown that two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from cabinets in the home. But it's not just teens - it's adults too. People who misuse prescription pain medications are 19 times more likely to start using heroin than those who do not misuse prescription meds. Click here to see a PTA mom and a college student tell their stories about drug addiction and heroin use that recently aired on the Dr. Oz Show.

Howard County residents can drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at 3 locations in the County where permanent medication disposal boxes have been installed. Click here for the list of locations and hours.

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!
Columbia Resident Forms Bereavement Group for Family, Friends

After the loss of her boyfriend to a heroin overdose in March, Columbia resident Arielle Sokoll-Ward, 24, is creating a new chapter of the Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP) organization.


The Columbia group will be GRASP's fourth Maryland chapter alongside Perry Hall, Pikesville and Cecil County, and will meet the first Monday of every month starting July 6 at the Central Branch library. Click here to read the complete Columbia Flier article.  

Just Because Your Teen is Graduating From High School...
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electronic newsletter! HC DrugFree provides drug and alcohol education that's applicable to all ages - from birth to senior citizens - please don't think it's just for teens!

Also visit HC DrugFree's website ( that is chock-full of useful information. Click on "Facts and Resources" to learn about a great new website that focuses squarely on giving parents practical suggestions on how to discuss alcohol-related issues with their college-age children.
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.
Has Your Teen 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
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HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council is taking the summer off, but it's not too early for teens to submit their application for next school year. Go to for more information, or click here to download an application form. 
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Joan Webb Scornaienchi,  Executive Director
HC DrugFree
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