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If you need to contact Officer Howard Caplan from the Ocean City Police Department while your teens are away for senior week, you can reach him at

(410) 723-6610.

You can also leave him a voicemail at

(410) 520-5299.

He can be contacted by email at hcaplan@oceancitymd.gov. 


Upcoming Events


June 2012


North Laurel Community Fair

Sponsored by CAC

Saturday, June 2, 2012

10:00am - 1:00 pm

Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center

9105-1 All Saints Road

Laurel, Maryland


HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting

Monday, June 4, 2012

5:30pm - 7:00pm

The Barn - Oakland Mills Village Center

click here for info


Howard County Men's

Health Fair

Sponsored by Councilman

Calvin Ball

Saturday, June 9, 2012

10:00am - 2:00pm

Howard High School

Dateline NBC

My Kid Would Never Do That: Driving

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


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Howard County High School Graduates

Have fun and stay safe during Senior Week and all summer long!

Senior Week
PLAY IT SAFE sponsors free_1special alcohol and drug-free events during June honoring high school graduates who choose to celebrate their graduation in Ocean City, Maryland. 


is to encourage high school graduates to make informed, healthy choices while having responsible fun without the use of alcohol and other drugs.



Parents and Legal Guardians!

Did your child attend a Howard County High School PTSA Sponsored After Prom?



HC DrugFree invites parents and guardians to enter a drawing for a $25 Target gift card.


Just go to our website www.hcdrugfree.org for more details and register to win. 

Deadline to register is Friday, May 25, 2012

Drawing will be held on June 4, 2012

**Must be a Howard County Resident

HC DrugFree Speaker Matt Bellace, Ph.D.


 A Better High


A Better High by Matt Bellace, PhD

A humorous look at getting naturally high, every day. Each chapter focuses on a scientifically proven natural high (e.g. laughing, running, helping, loving) and gives funny stories, jokes and exercises for achieving the natural high in your life.


Matt's message: "Young people need to feel empowered in their schools and communities. It is not enough to ask them to stay away from drugs and alcohol, we need to show them there are positive things they can do for themselves and others. They must all be leaders in their lives."


2012 Maryland Legislative Report

HB 1153/SB 526 - Tobacco Tax - Healthy Maryland Initiative

This bill would increase the tobacco tax rate on cigarettes and other tobacco products. It provides that the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program receive funding from the Other Tobacco Products Tax Fund under specified circumstances and requires money from the Fund to supplement appropriations to the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program to reach a specified level of funding.

Outcome: No vote taken in either House Ways and Means Committee or Health and Government Operations Committee or Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.