Howard County Police and HC DrugFree Are Pleased to Announce Largest Collection of Meds to Date
Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director HC DrugFree; Ellen Flynn Giles, Board of Education; Brian Meshkin, Board of Education and Proove Biosciences, Inc.; and Howard County Police officer at HC DrugFree Drug Take Back Day site.
On Saturday, October 26, 2013 Howard County collected 862 pounds of medication at the 10 Drug Take Back Day sites located throughout the county which were staffed by Howard County Police officers. This is the largest single amount that Howard County has collected since the inception of the national event. HC DrugFree's office served as one of the sites where residents could drop off unwanted or expired prescription or over the counter medications. Thanks to a partnership with Howard County General Hospital, HC DrugFree's office was the only site authorized to accept needles and syringes. From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM residents dropped off enough medication at the HC DrugFree site to fill 4 large plastic bags and enough syringes and needles to fill 3 large boxes.
Back row: parent volunteer, Ellen Flynn Giles, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Brian Meshkin; front row: members of HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council and youth volunteers.
Proove Biosciences, Inc., a corporate sponsor of HC DrugFree, purchased Mind Your Meds t-shirts for HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council to wear during the event. Three times as many people are addicted to prescription narcotics than all illegal narcotics combined. Two-thirds of teens who abuse prescription medication are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. For more information about this and upcoming events, including the next Drug Take Back Day in spring of 2014, please visit www.hcdrugfree.org or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree at 443-325-0040 or email@example.com.