The Fish Need You!

This is not an HC DrugFree program, but we have provided information for this student-organized event and appreciate when Howard County youth are interested in proper medication disposal.

If you're at the Miller Library on Tuesday, July 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, feel free to stop in the Ellicott Room to see what the students have to say.

Click on the image for a printable version of the student flier. 

Frightening Statistics - Did You Know?
  • While Americans comprise 4.6% of the world's population, they consume 80% of the opioids, 99% of the hydrocodone and use 2 out of 3 of all the illegal drugs
  • The use of oxycodone increased 866% from 1997 to 2007
  • 7,000 people a day are treated in emergency rooms for using prescription drugs in a way other than prescribed by their doctors
  • Each day, 44 people in the US die from an overdose of prescription medications
  • Three out of four people using heroin began with the use of prescription medication
  • Data shows that when the pain medication gets too expensive or difficult to obtain, heroin is a cheaper and easier solution
  • By the year 2020, there will be 5.7 million elderly (over 50) abusers of illicit substances. Click here to read more, and send us your reaction to these shocking statistics for our Parent/Adult Blog. Email to [email protected].

Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadruple, Use Spikes Across U.S.
NBC Nightly News reports that the CDC has released alarming new numbers showing a dramatic rise in the heroin epidemic. Visit or click here to see the news story.

FBI Agent Turned Heroin Addict, After Busting Drug Offenses
Matthew Lowry always wanted to be in law enforcement, but once he became an FBI agent and began working major drug cases -- everything began to fall apart. Go to or click here to see his story.  
Permanent Medication Disposal Boxes
Howard County residents can drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at 3 locations in the County where permanent disposal boxes have been installed. Boxes are located at the Howard County Police Northern District Station (3410 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City) open 24/7, the Howard County Police Southern District Station (11226 Scaggsville Road, Laurel) open 24/7, and the Gary Arthur Community Center (2400 Route 97, Cooksville) open 7 AM to 9 PM Monday-Saturday, and 9 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

In June, another 78 pounds of medications were disposed of! Thank you to HCPD, our partner.

Coming soon: HC DrugFree has partnered with the Howard County Police Department to provide additional permanent medication disposal boxes in the County...Stay tuned for more details.
Free Training To Save A Life! Opioid Overdose Response Training
If your child, spouse or friend is abusing opioids (prescription pain medicines such as Percocet or Vicodin, and street drugs such as heroin), attend the free training offered by the Howard County Health Department on August 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM at the Health Department. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.
For more information, contact
Joan Webb Scornaienchi,  Executive Director
HC DrugFree
Wilde Lake Village Center
5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206
Columbia, MD 21044
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