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Number 1March 1, 2013

March is Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month in Howard County

Just Say KNOW

What your kids are doing that you don't KNOW
Click here to watch this must see Katie show segment where a young girl and her parents discuss her near death from synthetic marijuana. "I didn't KNOW how available it was, I didn't KNOW how dangerous it was."
Think you KNOW teen text speak? Click here to check.

Ask Someone Who


Email your questions about drug and alcohol use and abuse to Joan at joan@hcdrugfree.org or mail them to our office.  Look for answers in future issues. Senders will remain anonymous.

Calendar of Events


Teen Advisory Council Mtg.

Monday, March 4

5:30-7 PM

The Barn in Oakland Mills


"Distracted Driving"

Thursday, March 14

7:00 PM

Atholton High School

Media Center


HoCo FilmFest

Winning films played, including HC DrugFree category. 

Friday, March 22

7:30 PM

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab



with HC DrugFree message

Saturday, March 23

7:00 PM

River Hill High School


"Senior Week - Staying Safe in Ocean City"

Monday, April 8

7:00 PM

Mt. Hebron High School



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Throughout Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month in Howard County, HC DrugFree will provide drug and alcohol information, invite you to our programs, and continue to serve as the voice of drug and alcohol prevention and education in Howard County. Please help spread the word and keep youth drug and alcohol free; forward our newsletters to friends and community members.
If there is a topic you would like to see included in our newsletters or if you have questions concerning youth substance abuse, please contact me at Joan@hcdrugfree.org. In future newsletters, local professionals will provide some possible guidance. Unless otherwise agreed, you will remain anonymous. The purpose of the Q&A is to generate discussion about legal/medical topics based on hypothetical scenarios and is not to be construed as legal/medical advice, as these must be analyzed on a case by case basis.
As we proudly display our partners this month, we will keep "You", the members of the Howard County community, on our list. We can't do what we do without you and we thank you for your continued support. I look forward to receiving your questions and working with you. Knowledge is power, so Just Say KNOW! 


Joan Webb Scornaienchi

Executive Director, HC DrugFree

Howard County Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator

 Teen Advisory Council 

TAC 2012
HC DrugFree invites all Howard County high school students to participate in its Teen Advisory Council (TAC). TAC provides the youth perspective on teen use of alcohol and other drugs to the staff and Board of Directors of HC DrugFree.This teen input is used to increase the effectiveness of HC DrugFree's programs, resources, website, and other services.The Teen Advisory Council is composed of Howard County high school students (public, private and home schooled) who meet monthly throughout the school year. Click here for more information. ** Free pizza and snacks!
Next meeting: March 4th, 5:30-7:00 at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045


HC DrugFree Partners
  • Howard County Health Department
  • Howard County Public School System
  • Howard County Police Department
  • Howard County Dept of Fire and Rescue Services
  • Howard County Library System
  • PTA Council of Howard County
  • YOU! Members of the Howard County Community
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Columbia, MD 21044
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