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Number 12April 2012


Doctor Warns of "K2" Drug Dangers for Howard County Teens



Collision Avoidance Training

for Teens


Defensive driving and vehicle control program for teens adapted from law enforcement training. For newly licensed drivers who want more specialized experience in evasive maneuvers, emergency braking, backing, skid recovery and more. Classroom lessons on Friday followed by behind-the-wheel training on Saturday. For ages 16-19. Must bring a car. Cost: $95. Space is limited. Leave a message to register: 410-313-3758.


CAT Dates 2012: May 18/19, June 29/30, July 20-21, August 17/18, September 14/15, October 19/20, November 16/17, December 7/8


Rolling Stone Magazine Article:


How do parents tackle teen drunk driving?



Upcoming Events

April 2012


National Take-Back Initiative

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Several Locations around Howard County

more info


May 2012


HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting

Monday, May 7, 2012

more info


June 2012


North Laurel Community Fair

Sponsored by CAC

Saturday June 2, 2012

10:00am - 1:00pm

Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center

9105-1 All Saints Road

Laurel, MD


HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting 

Monday, June 4, 2012

more info

Howard High School


Howard County Men's Health Fair

Sponsored by Councilman

Calvin Ball

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 

10:00am - 2:00pm



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World No Tobacco Day


This year's World No Tobacco Day on May 31 is focused on tobacco company interference and the way it impacts the worldwide tobacco epidemic.  In recognition of this global campaign, we are offering free brochures to the community to help raise awareness and offer actionable tips to reduce tobacco use at an individual, community and global level.  Contact HC DrugFree at info@hcdrugfree.org to receive a free copy of any of these titles.





El D�a Mundial Sin Tabaco


El tabaco mata hasta la mitad de los fumadores. Sin embargo, se consume habitualmente en todo el mundo debido a que se vende a bajo precio, se comercializa de forma agresiva, no se toma conciencia sobre los peligros que entra�a y las pol�ticas p�blicas contra su consumo son incoherentes. Este a�o el D�a Mundial Sin Tabaco ser� el 31 de mayo y en recognici�n de esta campa�a global estamos ofreciendo folletos gratuitos. Para recibir copia gratuita de cualquiera de estos folletos contacte a HC DrugFree al info@hcdrugfree.org o al 443-325-0040 (se puede dejar mensaje en espa�ol). 

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Medication Disposal Event 
National Take Back Initiative
Drug take back day  
Saturday, April 28
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Eight locations around Howard County. Drop off unused or unwanted medications and drugs at police district stations in Ellicott City and Scaggsville, as well as satellite offices in Harper's Choice, Long Reach, North Laurel, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown and Wilde Lake. Free, anonymous and no questions asked. Prescription and over-the-counter medicines accepted. No syringes.


For exact locations and directions visit www.hcpd.org


"And yet...another reason not to smoke."


From one of HC DrugFree's partners, the Howard County Departmentof Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS):


In the wake of three residential fires within a 24-hour period, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) is reminding residents that improperly disposing of cigarettes can result in injury and property damage. These cigarette-related fires highlight the increased danger of fires in the wake of the dry, windy conditions that have been experienced throughout the region.


The first incident occurred just before midnight on April 10th, in the 7200-block of Procopio Circle, when a townhouse deck caught on fire, resulting in an estimated $4,000 in damages. Howard County fire marshals determined the fire was caused by improperly discarding smoking materials.


Later that morning, crews responded to a call for a deck fire at approximately 8:00 a.m. at a townhouse in the 6500-block of Pressed Gentian. Fire marshals determined that the fire originated on the 

outside of the home after a cigarette dropped between the deck boards. After further investigation, this fire was attributed to improperly discarded smoking materials coupled with the dry conditions. Damages were an estimated $1,000.


At 6:40 p.m. on April 10th, crews responded to the 8400-block of Kings Meade Way for another deck fire. The fire had been extinguished by the homeowner prior to their arrival. The homeowner told fire marshals that earlier that night he had discarded a cigarette in the area where the fire began. He was evaluated by paramedics at the scene for minor lung irritation but declined to be transported to the hospital. Again, the fire was ruled the result of an improperly discarded cigarette. Preliminary reports place damages to the residence at an estimated $10,500.


In light of these three incidents, the Howard County Office of the Fire Marshal is reminding residents to:

  • Check under furniture cushions and other places for cigarette butts that may have fallen out of sight.
  • Whenever you smoke, use deep, wide, sturdy ashtrays.
  • Ashtrays should be set on something sturdy and hard to ignite.
  • Before you throw out butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Dowsing them in water or sand is the best way to do this.
For more information, contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at
410-313-6040 or visit www.hcdfrs.org

The Power of Parents 

What You Say and Do Matters


About three-quarters of all teens say their parents are the number one influence on their decisions about drinking. And research shows that the tips in the Power of Parents handbook, when used in conversations with your teen, can help reduce underage drinking and its associated dangers by up to 30 percent.

But only if you start the conversation...and keep it going.

You can download the handbook here and find additional resources like how to handle tough questions from your teen on the "Handle Tough Questions" page on MADD's website.






 To download a pdf version of this booklet from the

US Department of Health and Human Services 


click here