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HC DrugFree TAC Member Wins Award

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council member Athena Kan, a freshman at River Hill High School, received the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award from Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director and past president of Soroptimist International of Howard County. Kan received the award given  to young women ages 14 to 17 whose volunteer activities make the community and the world a better place.


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Thank You HCPD and All Who Participated
Take Back Day april 13
On April 27 Howard County participated in the semiannual National Take Back Day. At the eight collection sites throughout the county, the Howard County Police Department collected 387 pounds of prescription medications, over the counter medications and pet medications. HC DrugFree's office in the Wilde Lake Village Center was one of the collection locations. Pictured above is Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree hanging  posters in the Wilde Lake Village Center advertising Take Back Day.
During the September 29, 2012 Take Back Day, HC DrugFree held a Town Hall Meeting as part of The Medicine Abuse Project, an initiative by the national organization, The Partnership at, to address and curb the growing trend of prescription drug abuse. The event was sponsored by Brian Meshkin and Proove Biosciences, Inc. That day, Howard County collected 491 pounds of medication. Click here to read the HC DrugFree update from the September Take Back Day.

Prescription Medication Lock Box

Consider purchasing a lock box for your family's medications. More than 3 million teens in the United States abuse prescription medications and 70% of them admit to getting the drugs from family or friends. To view companies and styles on the market, visit: 

Calling All Howard County Teens
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is open to high school teens who live or attend school in Howard County. TAC meets one Monday a month at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.The next meeting is Monday, May 6 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. To download the application, please click here.

Ask Your Questions

Email your questions about drug and alcohol use and abuse to Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director,

HC DrugFree at or mail them to our office. Look for answers in future issues. Senders will remain anonymous.

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10451 Twin Rivers Rd., Suite 404
Columbia, MD 21044