HC DrugFree's Executive Director Renamed One Of Maryland's Most Admired CEOs
Congratulations to HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, for being renamed one of Maryland's Most Admired CEOs by The Daily Record in the category of Non-Profit Less Than $10 Million in Annual Revenue. The awards ceremony will be held on September 17 at the BWI Hilton.

Officer Saves Howard County Woman's Life With Narcan

Howard County police recently began carrying Narcan, which reverses effects of heroin overdoses. A police officer revived a 31-year-old woman in Elkridge who was unconscious and not breathing from a heron overdose by administering Narcan. Click here to read the rest of the story. So far this year, there have been 15 nonfatal and seven fatal overdoses in Howard County, according to a Howard County Police Department report.

Free Training To Save A Life! Opioid Overdose Response Training
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 August 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Health Department. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.
Why Are Maryland Teens Turning To Heroin?
A recent Chesapeake Family Magazine article describes how easily a prescription pain medication, perhaps for a sports injury, can turn into an addiction and when those pills run out, Maryland teens are turning to heroin as a stronger, cheaper alternative to prescription meds. Click here to read the article.
TAC Member Sworn In As SMOB
HC DrugFree looks forward to working with our Teen Advisory Council Member, Rachel Lin, as she begins serving as the Student Member of the Board of Education. Pictured left is Rachel at her first Board of Education meeting.
More Scary Statistics - Did You Know?
Profile of a New Opiate User in the 1960s:

Gender: 82.8 percent male, 17.2 percent female

Age:16.5 years

Race: 55 percent white, 45 percent non-white

Geography: Urban

Opiate of Abuse: Heroin


Profile of a New Opiate User in the 2010s:

Gender: 48 percent male, 52 percent female

Age: 22.9 years

Race: 90 percent white, 10 percent non-white

Geography: Suburban/rural (74.2 percent)

Opiate of Abuse: Prescription opioids (75 percent)

Source: TJ Cicero, Ph.D., Matthew S. Ellis MPE, Hllary Surratt, Ph.D., Steven P. Kurtz, Ph.D. JAMA, July 2014, Vol 71. No 7: The Changing Face of Heroin Use in the United States: A Retrospective Analysis of the Past 50 Years

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2010 enough opioid pain relievers were sold to medicate every American adult with a typical 5 mg dose of hydrocodone every 4 hours for one month. That's about 240 million people!

Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute remains the No. 1 reason people in Maryland are sentenced to state prison. 

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Molly, A Form Of MDMA Or Ecstacy, Can Cause Fatal Reactions
In a recent Washington Post article, Molly is described as a "popular recreational drug" that is often laced with other substances and can be deadly in large enough doses. Click here to read the Washington Post article, and click here to see the DEA Drug Fact Sheet about Molly.
Did You Know That E-Cigarettes Are Gaining In Popularity Among U.S. Teens?
According to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, U.S. teens' use of e-cigarettes surpassed the use of any other type of tobacco product in 2014. Click here to read the details.
The Fish Need You!
HC DrugFree's Executive Director stopped by the Miller Library on July 21 for the Girl Scouts' open house, where they talked to visitors about proper medication disposal as part of earning their Silver Award. Pictured right are Scouts Samantha, Mandi and Amaris with Joan.

Permanent Medication Disposal Boxes
Howard County residents can drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at 3 locations in the County where permanent disposal boxes have been installed. Boxes are located at the Howard County Police Northern District Station (3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City) open 24/7, the Howard County Police Southern District Station (11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel) open 24/7, and the Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 Route 97, Cooksville) open 7 AM to 9 PM Monday-Saturday, and 9 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

Coming soon: HC DrugFree has partnered with the Howard County Police Department to provide additional permanent medication disposal boxes in the County...Stay tuned for more details.
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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