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Needles, Syringes, and EpiPens Collected for Disposal
Masoomeh Khamesian, Director of Pharmacy at Howard County General Hospital and HC DrugFree board member, and Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director, organized the many boxes and bags of needles, syringes and EpiPens collected at the HC DrugFree office on April 26. The hospital partnered with HC DrugFree to provide this semi-annual community service. HC DrugFree's next collection date will be announced in the fall of 2014.

Pictured: Volunteers at the drop off site at the HC DrugFree office.
Collected in Howard County
n conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration'semi-annual national Take Back Day, the Howard County Police Department staffed medication collection sites on Saturday, April 26 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 1,030 pounds were collected. At the HC DrugFree office in the Wilde Lake Village Center, HC DrugFree's executive director, board of directors, Teen Advisory Council and numerous volunteers wore bright green Mind Your Meds t-shirts donated by Brian Meshkin and Proove BioSciences with the message on the back: 3 times as many people are addicted to prescription narcotics than all illegal narcotics combined.  
The next Take Back Day will be held in the fall. HC DrugFree thanks our partner, HCPD, for all they do throughout the year to keep the community safe!  
Help Name HC DrugFree!  
From our beginning in 1995 as the Eastern Coalition Against
Substance Abuse at Oakland Mills High School and our incorporation in 2004 to become HC DrugFree, we have focused on empowering the community to raise drug and alcohol free youth. As substance abuse issues facing Howard County families have become more complex, our programs and services have grown in response. Yet, we have heard from you that our name does not reflect who we are and what we do. Here is your opportunity to help us find a new name!!! Click here to submit a name, and click here for the guidelines. $100 gift card possible. If more than one person submits the winning name, the earlier submission will be chosen. Deadline: 6:00 PM on May 15, 2014. 

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See Breakdown of Prom Costs 

The anticipation of Prom can be an exciting time for a teenager. The reality of Prom can be devastating based on the choices teens make. HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council wants parents to know what those choices can cost and they urge you to talk to your teens about their plans and include the PTSA sponsored After Prom in those plans. Click on image at left for a breakdown of costs.

Parents: Enter to Win $100 Gift Card!
HC DrugFree thanks parents for keeping our children safe throughout the year and not holding parties where alcohol might be served. If your child will attend a Howard County PTSA sponsored After Prom, please
click here to enter to win a $100 gift card. Deadline: noon, Saturday, May 31, 2014.
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