Thank you to everyone for taking the time to attend HC DrugFree's Town Hall Meeting last night at Wilde Lake High School. As expected, Congressman Elijah Cummings provided an inspirational speech on the topic of substance abuse and keeping all our kids safe. Also, thank you to long-time supporters of HC DrugFree, Delegate Elizabeth Bobo for introducing Congressman Cummings and County Council Member Courtney Watson for extending greetings from the County Council. As always, Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker and Howard County Police Chief William McMahon stepped up to join me in providing timely information and honest answers to tough audience questions. A special thank you to Principal James LeMon, Bill Marks and the entire Wilde Lake High School staff and Jayne Kaiser and the entire Wilde Lake PTSA for partnering with us.
Next steps mentioned:
1. Tell your friends to go to HC DrugFree's homepage to sign up for the 1 hour parent focus groups taking place in October.
2. Remind everyone you know to remove unwanted/
expired medications from their homes by participating in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Stay tuned for a list of collection sites in Howard County.
3. Tell your friends to sign up for our free newsletter to stay connected to information, data, programs, and resources. Visit www.hcdrugfree.org or send an email to email@example.com to sign up.
4. Support HC DrugFree by becoming our Friend and having your name added to the list of Friends on our website so we can show the number of community supporters standing with us as we work to keep youth safe and substance free. We say $10 for students and $25 for individuals, but we have never turned away anyone.
5. Donate your talents to HC DrugFree and the Alcohol Coalition.
6. Be sure your PTA/PTSA has an HC DrugFree representative to serve as a liaison between your school community and HC DrugFree.
7. Advertise for HC DrugFree in school and PTA/PTSA newsletters... including Teen Advisory Council recruitment.
8. Promote the "Cool Parents" campaign by talking with other adults about the idea of changing the perception of a Cool Parent in HoCo. Cool Parents to not provide alcohol to anyone under 21.
9. Talk with your kids... Talk with other parents... Encourage others to seek help from other community resources (i.e. HC DrugFree, etc.)
10. Encourage other parents/grandparents to have secured medicine boxes in their homes.
11. Advertise that if any parent or teen has a question (i.e. treatment, legal, mental health, etc.), it may be anonymously submitted to me. I will work with others to provide answers that will run in HC DrugFree's free electronic newsletter.
Joan Webb Scornaienchi
Executive Director HC DrugFree