HCDF Logo (New)
Number 6March 30, 2012
Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month in Howard County

Just Say KNOW:


KNOW what is being said in Howard County: 


"HC DrugFree has a long history of providing quality services in Howard County. It is great to see them continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of Howard County."


Thomas Cargiulo, Pharm.D., B.C.P.P.
Director, Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration



Howard County teens are saying:


"Rich, poor, black, white. It makes no difference. This disease brings us to our knees."

"If you start as a weekend user of marijuana or a weekend drinker, it always leads to more."


"When I was 13, if I had said to my parents that someone offered me drugs and I don't know how you feel about it, but let's talk, my life would probably be different."


"I feel good about my recovery because I can help people. I can give others at least 150 reasons not to use."




For more information about underage drinking, its effects on youth, the legal ramifications of serving to youth, what you as a parent can do to prevent underage drinking and more, please visit www.dontserveteens.gov.

Para obtener m�s informaci�n sobre el consumo de alcohol por menores, las consecuencias de servir alcohol a los menores y lo que usted como padre puede hacer para prevenir el consumo de alcohol por menores, y m�s,  favor de visitar www.dontserveteens.gov/espanol.


 "Senior Week in

Ocean City"


Click here for Play it Safe website. 





Click here for Officer Caplan's contact information. 


Upcoming Events

 April 2012


Branded DUI

Thursday, April 12, 2012

7:00 PM

Glenelg High School

Media Center

more info


HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting

Monday, April 16, 2012

more info


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


Howard County Men's Health Fair

Saturday, June 9, 2012,

10:00am - 2:00pm

Howard High School

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


Join Our Mailing List


Like us on Facebook

KNOW how much we appreciate YOU!

We began this month with the Howard County Council and the County Executive jointly proclaiming March as HC DrugFree's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Awareness Month in Howard County. Throughout the month HC DrugFree has provided free valuable information in our newsletters and at our two Senior Week in Ocean City programs.

I thank the hundreds of parents and teens that attended the two Senior Week in Ocean City programs in March and the one in February. I trust the information will help keep Howard County teens safer if they participate in Senior Week in Ocean City or elsewhere. Encourage your children to remember the words of Officer Howard Caplan from the Ocean City Police Department, "Please don't go to OC on vacation and come home on probation."

Also, I thank you for submitting questions, quotes, and article ideas as well as providing feedback on the newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you so feel free to keep contacting me. We will do our best to get answers to all your questions.  

As we head into prom season and then graduations, we look forward to working with the PTSAs/PTAs, schools, and the community to keep our youth safe by staying drug and alcohol free.

Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director, HC DrugFree

KNOW What's Coming Up


Branded D.U.I: Teen Drinking and the Law


Guest Speaker:  Judge William Tucker

Howard County Circuit Court Judge, 5th Judicial Circuit


Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Glenelg High School Media Center



A must-see film for parents and students, "Branded D.U.I" profiles 11 Maryland young adults who were convicted of DUI-related charges, and who discuss how those charges affected their lives.  The film includes the stories of two young drivers who caused fatalities, and also explores other consequences of alcohol-related accidents.  After the film, Judge William Tucker will lead a discussion on underage drinking in Howard County and answer questions.


Admission is free.  Additional details are available at www.hcdrugfree.org.


Sponsored by Glenelg High School PTSA and HC DrugFree.



Did you KNOW...?
 ...that because your parents sign a consent form allowing you to obtain a license, they can also have your license revoked by withdrawing that consent?

click here for entire article

KNOW the Frightening Reality

This video candidly describes the reality of drug abuse and addiction as told by the survivors.
Get Help from Someone Who KNOWS

Howard County Resources:


Alcoholics Anonymous: 410-663-1922

Al-Anon & Alateen: 410-832-7094

Narcotics Anonymous: 1-800-317-3222

Nar-Anon: 1-800-477-6291

Health Department Drug Evaluation: 410-313-6202empowerment

MD Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222

Police Youth Services: 410-313-2620

Suicide Hotline:   410-784-2433


Substance Treatment Facilities:

  • Congruent Counseling: 410-740-8066
  • Integrative Counseling: 410-740-8067
  • Columbia Addictions Center: 410-730-1333
  • Columbia Wellness Center: 410-730-1333
  • Kolmac Clinic: 443-276-0556


KNOW HC DrugFree's Partners
  • Howard County Health Department
  • Howard County Public School System
  • Howard County Police Department
  • Howard County Library
  • PTA Council of Howard County
  • Howard County Dept of Fire and Rescue Services
  • YOU! Members of the Howard County Community
KNOW the Numbers

The Howard County Youth Alcohol Survey was taken by more than 150 Howard County teens and young adults in order to get the perspective of the teens and young adults in our area regarding underage alcohol use and binge drinking.

         91% of the participants said that it is very easy or somewhat easy for someone under the age of 21 to get alcohol in Howard County.

         50% said that the most common way for those underage to purchase alcohol is to give money to someone who is of age who will purchase it for them.

         79% answered that binge drinking among 15 to 18 year olds in Howard County is somewhat or very common.

KNOW the Risks

Become a
of HC DrugFree 
 for as little as $25 for an individual, $50 for a family or a non-profit, $100 for a business.


Become a


of HC DrugFree

for as little as $500.