March is HC DrugFree's  
Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month  
in Howard County

Dear Howard County Community,

We are pleased to announce that the County Executive and County Council have proclaimed March as HC DrugFree's Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month in Howard County. Please click here to see the Joint Proclamation signed by the County Council and the County Executive.
If you have questions about the effects of marijuana use on developing brains, I encourage you to take some time to watch the video below of Dr. Nora Volkow, the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Sincerely,
Joan
Joan

Joan Webb Scornaienchi
Executive Director, HC DrugFree
Howard County Substance Abuse Coordinator
Effects of Marijuana Use
Click here to hear a fascinating presentation by Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about the effects of marijuana use on the brain, body and behavior. Dr. Volkow gave this presentation on February 4th, 2014 at the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) National Leadership Forum.
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Save the Dates

 

March 13 - Senior Week, Staying Safe in Ocean City - 7:00 p.m. Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Rd., Columbia, MD.  

Many Howard County high school seniors participate in the Maryland tradition of going to the shore for "Senior Week". Having so many unsupervised teens in one place can lead to dangerous situations, risky behavior, and trouble with the law. Before deciding whether or not to permit your child to go to Ocean City for Senior Week, find out the facts from Ocean City Beach Patrol Sergeant (and Mayfield Woods Middle School teacher) James H. McVey, IV and Ocean City Police Corporal Howard Caplan as they offer advice to keep teens safe. Parents are encouraged to bring their high school senior to this informative program.

 

March 18 - Parent2Parent - 7:00 p.m. Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Rd., Ellicott City, MD. Parents, please attend to hear from Howard County parents of teens addicted to drugs and get your questions answered. 

 

March 19 - Kick Butts Day - For information on free smoking cessation programs through the Howard County Health Department, please visit:

http://hcdrugfree.org/factsresources.html

 

March 20 - Senior Week, Staying Safe in Ocean City - 7:00 p.m. River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD (see above for description).

March 21 - HoCo FilmFest - 7:00 p.m. Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd., Laurel, MD. Come celebrate as the winning films are shown, including the HC DrugFree category winner.

March 28 - RHHStival - 7:00 p.m. River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD. Come hear local bands as they perform on stage.

April 3 - What You Need to Know About Teen Partying - 7:00 p.m. Glenelg High School, 14025 Burntwoods Rd., Glenelg, MD. A panel of speakers will discuss the reality of what goes on at teen parties.

April 7 - Teen Advisory Council Meeting - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. The Barn in Oakland Mills, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD.

April 26 - National Drug Take Back Day - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Start collecting expired and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicines for proper disposal. Keep them out of the hands of youth and our water supply. Convenient drop-off locations are listed at  http://hcdrugfree.org/drugtakebackday.html. For more information contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, at joan@hcdrugfree.org or 443-325-0040.

April 26 - Needle, Syringe, EpiPen Collection - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. HC DrugFree's office, Wilde Lake Village Center 10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD. Stuck with hypodermic needles, syringes or EpiPens and don't know what to do with them? Bring them to HC DrugFree's Office, which  serves as the ONLY collection site for proper disposal of such items, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, at
joan@hcdrugfree.org or 443-325-0040.
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