Lindsey and Caroline Heading Back to School
Lindsey Mazer Outreach Assistant
Caroline Simon Outreach Assistant
This summer, I had the pleasure of working with two talented teens, Lindsey Mazer and Caroline Simon, but soon they will be heading back to school and enjoying their senior year together as good friends. While I am sorry to lose daily access to their positive attitudes and amazing computer skills, they are not going too far because they will remain on our Teen Advisory Council (TAC) for another year. Working with Caroline and Lindsey made my summer much more fun and got us ready for what I trust will be the best year yet for TAC. If you have any questions about having your son or daughter join TAC, please visit our website for more information. Lindsey and Caroline, thank you for all your help, and I wish you all the best during your senior year!!!


Do Breathalyzer Phone Apps Really Work?
Jeff Rossen from the Today Show puts Breathalyzer apps to the test. The three best-selling breathalyzers had results notable different from police-issued, official Breathalyzer tests. Drivers cannot rely on these apps to make a life-or-death decisions. Police give the advice, "If you think you need a blood alcohol test, you should already know the answer - you shouldn't drive, period". Click here to read the entire article. 

Life 13 Years After a Heroin Overdose
Gail Morris cares for her son, Alex, 13 years after his nearly fatal heroin overdose. Alex was in a coma for six weeks. When he woke, he had no function in his arms or legs and couldn't see or speak. Click here or on the image below to see how Gail and Alex handle life after an overdose.

A Recovery Coach Helps Addicts Resist Relapse
Studies show 40-60% of patients relapse with in the first year after treatment, many even in the first week. A recovery program in Cape Cod, MA aims to help addicts adjust to real world temptations through recovery coaches. They see addiction as a chronic illness, needing regular treatment to maintain. Click here to read the entire NPR article.

Another Death to Synthetic Marijuana, "Spice"
19-year-old, Connor Reid Eckhardt died after using synthetic marijuana. Users usually do not know how dangerous this toxic drug can be. The drug has similar effects as natural marijuana, however it is much more intense and produce many other side effects such as, anxiety, convulsions, hallucinations, agitation, combativeness, and stupor. Click here to read the entire article about the dangerous new trend.

Maryland College Survey Reports on Binge Drinking
A recent survey given to students at 10 colleges across Maryland, reports that 47% of Maryland college students have participated in binge drinking in the last month. The survey also reports, 24% of students miss class or perform poorly on a test due to drinking, 14% were hurt or injured, 13% drove a car, and 7% were taken advantage of sexually. Click here to read the entire article.

National Drug Take Back Day: Saturday, September 27th
Get ready to clean out your medicine cabinets. Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM is National Drug Take Back Day. Click here for more information.

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meetings
TAC is open to Howard County high school students, and meetings will be held at The Barn at the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on:
September 8th

October 6th

November 10th

December 8th

January 12th


More dates will be announced later. For more information, check out the TAC page on our website at

If you have any questions or comments, contact Joan at [email protected] or 443-325-0040.
Joan Webb Scornaienchi Executive Director 
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