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For the second consecutive year, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, the Executive Director of HC DrugFree, visited Capitol Hill as part of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) Capitol Hill Day. Scornaienchi was part of a group of prevention professionals who visited the nation's capitol to advocate for substance abuse prevention, education, and treatment. 

At a recent meeting for Project SAM, (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), Joan Webb Scornaienchi, the Executive Director of HC DrugFree had the opportunity to meet and speak with former congressman Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until 2011,  is the face and the name behind Project SAM. Project SAM opposes the legalization of marijuana while supporting increased funding for mental health courts and the treatment of drug dependency, as well as access to cannabinoids for those with cancer and other serious illnesses. For more information about Project SAM, please visit www.learnaboutsam.com. To read more about Patrick Kennedy's commitment to SAM, please click here.
One in four teens reports having misused or abused prescription medication in their lifetime. This represents a 33% increase in a five year period. Why is this important? Click here to read the Washington Post article discussing the connection between prescription painkillers and heroin. Then click here to read the moving article in the Washington Post written by a 23 year old Bethesda, Maryland man in recovery from heroin addiction.
What can you do? Be responsible for the medicines you have in your home. Secure medicines that you need and collect your unwanted or expired prescription or over the counter medicines to dispose of on National Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Keep these drugs out of the hands of our kids and out of the water supply.

Information on teens and e-cigarettes or "vape pens"
Electronic cigarettes are credited with helping many people kick long standing smoking habits. Click here to see an NPR story on how electronic cigarettes are being marketed for teens.
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March 3 - Teen Advisory Council Meeting - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD.

March 3 - Submission Deadline Approaching! Calling All Teen Filmmakers! HC DrugFree is looking for teens to create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that focus on preventing prescription & over-the-counter drug misuse and abuse in youth ages 12 to 25 for the HoCo FilmFest. Submission deadline is March 3, 2014.  The winning film, if appropriate, will run as a PSA on HC DrugFree's website, at HC DrugFree programs across Howard County, in local media, and in other ways determined appropriate by HC DrugFree. To download the guidelines, please go to our website at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/hcdrugfreehocofilmfest.html. For more information contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, at [email protected] or 443-325-0040.


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:



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 will be announced closer to the event and will be listed at  http://hcdrugfree.org/drugtakebackday.html. For more information contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, at [email protected] 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
[email protected] or 443-325-0040.


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