"In the KNOW About Opioid Misuse" Campaign Launched TODAY
HC DrugFree, on behalf of the Howard County Opioid Coalition, launched "In the KNOW About Opioid Misuse" today. The campaign includes ads in local papers, launch of an opioid microsite on HC DrugFree's website, and release of new Howard County-focused videos featuring local experts in the areas of behavioral health, law and substance misuse education sharing their experience and perspectives on the campaign themes of safe prescribing practices, communication between doctor and patient about opioid risks, and proper storage and disposal of medications.

Click here to visit the new opioid microsite and video.

HC DrugFree is contracted by the Howard County Health Department to provide substance misuse prevention/educational services, with funding from MD BHA and SAMHSA.
HC DrugFree Article in Your HEALTH Magazine

The danger of heroin addiction is greater than anyone realizes and easier than one imagines. Studies show that some people who are addicted to heroin often started out abusing prescription painkillers such as Percocet, Darvocet, OxyContin, codeine and others - medications frequently prescribed by doctors and d entists . Click here to read the article by Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree, as published in the dental health edition of Your HEALTH Magazine.
Gov. Hogan Declares "Overdose Awareness Week" in Maryland
In recognition of Aug. 31, 2015 as International Overdose Awareness Day, September as National Recovery Month, and his priority of preventing substance use and overdose deaths, Gov. Larry Hogan has declared the week of Sunday, August 30, to Saturday, September 5, to be Overdose Awareness Week in Maryland.

In 2014, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reported 1,039 drug- and alcohol-related overdose deaths in the State. Overdose Awareness Week highlights the significance of this public health crisis and seeks to create public awareness of the issue and the important work being done by local health department officials and other partners across the state.

For more information about what Maryland is doing to battle our region's substance use epidemic, click here.

Free Howard County Police and HC DrugFree Magnets 

HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Health Department to keep important phone numbers on your refrigerator or file cabinet.

Email or call 443-325-0040 to request your magnet today!

Click here to read the magnet. 
Are you "In the KNOW" about who is most at risk of heroin addiction?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most at risk are:
  • People who are addicted to prescription opioid painkillers
  • People who are addicted to cocaine
  • People without insurance or enrolled in Medicaid
  • Non-Hispanic whites
  • Males
  • People who are addicted to marijuana and alcohol
  • People living in a large metropolitan area
  • 18 to 25 year olds

Send us your reaction to these eye-opening statistics for our Parent/Adult Blog. Email to  

HC DrugFree' Teen Advisory Council (TAC)
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at The Barn (Oakland Mills Village Center) and is open to all Howard County high school students. The first TAC meeting will be held on September 21 and the second meeting will be on October 12. Community service hours are available. For more information, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page, or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director at or  443-325-0040.
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.

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. Register by calling the Health Department at 410-313-6202.
HC DrugFree's Newsletters are Now Archived
To read past issues of HC DrugFree's newsletters, go to and click on Resources - Newsletter Archive. 
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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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