Permanent Medication Disposal Boxes

The Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree are partnering to provide permanent medication disposal boxes at convenient locations around the County.

Studies have shown that two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription drugs are getting them from cabinets in the home. The Howard County Police Department and HC DrugFree encourage you to make use of these boxes to dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription or over-the-counter medications safely and anonymously. Since their installation in April, more than 138 pounds of medications have been collected already!
Permanent disposal boxes are located at:

HCPD Northern District Station
3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City
Open 24/7

HCPD Southern District Station
11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel
Open 24/7

Gary Arthur Community Center
2400 Route 97, Cooksville
Open Monday-Saturday, 7AM-9 PM and
Sunday, 9AM-6PM

More boxes coming soon! For more information, please visit or call 443-325-0040.

For a printable version of locations and hours, click here.
Parent After Prom Drawing Winner Selected!
Each year HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the PTA Council of Howard County and support the 12 high school PTSAs by holding a drawing for parents of teens who attended a Howard County PTSA-sponsored After Prom party to thank them for choosing not to host their own party where alcohol might be available to teens. This year's winner of a $100 gift card is Amy Schroeder, the mother of Howard High School senior Eric Schroeder. Amy has been the Howard High School After Prom co-chair for 5 years and when asked, Amy said, "This is my last year and I will miss leading such an important committee of dedicated parents and volunteers. It's a priority for Howard High School's Administration and PTSA to sponsor a safe but fun-filled night for our students. We love that the majority of students who attend Prom choose to come to our After Prom and hope that that tradition will continue for years to come!"
Pictured above are Fritz Schroeder, Sarah Cocozza, Eric Schroeder, Amy Schroeder, and Maddie Schroeder. 
Parents: Do You Have a Teen at Senior Week in Ocean City?
If you need to contact Corporal Howard Caplan at the Ocean City Police Department while your teen is away at Senior Week, you can reach him at 410-723-6610, 410-520-5299 (leave a voicemail), or by email at For more information on Senior Week, go to
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.
Are Your Teens Going to a Concert This Summer?
Talk to your teens about how to stay safe at a concert. Click here to read 10 tips that parents need to know about concert safety, and use these tips to start that conversation with your concert-going teen.
Free Opioid Overdose Response Training to Save a Life
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 on Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10 AM at the Health Department. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.
HC DrugFree Needs Your Help!
Please consider writing an anonymous blog to post on HC DrugFree's Parent Blog page. The choice of topics is endless - raising teens, dealing with drug or alcohol misuse, sending your teen to Senior Week, graduation - anything that is near and dear to your heart. Please email your entry to

For more information, contact
Joan Webb Scornaienchi,  Executive Director
HC DrugFree
Wilde Lake Village Center
5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206
Columbia, MD 21044
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