Maryland and Missouri Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Maryland and Missouri Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Last week, three ballot initiatives were defeated that would have commercialized recreational marijuana in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Alternatively, voters in Missouri and Maryland voted to commercialize recreational marijuana. 21 U.S. states and District of Columbia now allow for the recreational use of marijuana.Learn more

A Growing Concern: Increased Drinking Among Older Adults

A Growing Concern: Increased Drinking Among Older Adults

Many older adults take medications that could interact with alcohol. Some interactions could be dangerous or even deadly. Learn more in a recent blog post from NIAAA Director, George F. Koob, Ph.D. The older adult population is increasing rapidly. Alcohol use among older adults is also increasing. As we focus on the quality of life…

$13.8 Billion Settlement reached for U.S. Opioid Claims

$13.8 Billion Settlement reached for U.S. Opioid Claims

CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart have agreed to an approximate $13.8 billion payout to settle thousands of lawsuits claiming that the pharmacy chains mishandled opioid pain medications. The lawsuits have accused these organizations of putting profit over safety and fueling the opioid crisis. CVS and Walgreens made statements declaring their commitment to be a part of…

100 Free Medication Lockboxes Distributed During Medication & Sharps Collection Event

100 Free Medication Lockboxes Distributed During Medication & Sharps Collection Event

On October 29, during HC DrugFree’s medication & sharps disposal event, 100 free medication lockboxes were distributed to participating community members! These lockboxes were provided as our continued promotion of safe, secure storage of medication to keep our community safer!

Medication & Sharps Collection Results

Medication & Sharps Collection Results

As a part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day HC DrugFree’s drive-thru site collected 1,294 lbs. of medication (45 white bins) and 23 red bins of sharps in only 4 hours! Sharps are not included in the weight.

Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Calvin Ball

Certificate of Recognition from County Executive Calvin Ball

Thank you to County Executive Calvin Ball for awarding HC DrugFree with this Certificate of Recognition for National Youth Substance Use Prevention Month. The certificate was presented to HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi by Kim Pruim who represented the County Executive at HC DrugFree’s semi-annual medication & sharps collection event.

Know Your Rights to Addiction Care for Drug & Alcohol-Related ER Visits

Know Your Rights to Addiction Care for Drug & Alcohol-Related ER Visits

The Legal Action Center has created a new guide Be Empow(ER)ed!: Know Your Rights to Addiction Care for Drug & Alcohol-Related ER Visits to inform people who use drugs about their right to receive certain evidence-based services for substance use-related conditions in hospital emergency departments. 

Semi-Annual Medication & Sharps Collection is on Saturday!

Semi-Annual Medication & Sharps Collection is on Saturday!

Drive-Thru Medication & Sharps Disposal Event Our semi-annual drive-thru medication & sharps disposal event, aka Drug Take Back Day, is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to see you! Join us on Saturday October 29 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot (near the Columbia Swim Center.)…

Virtual Town Hall on Teen Substance Misuse in Howard County

Virtual Town Hall on Teen Substance Misuse in Howard County

On Monday, October 24, HC DrugFree, in partnership with the Howard County PTSA Collaborative Parent Education Group, hosted a virtual town hall on teen substance misuse in Howard County. Parents, educators, mental health professionals, law enforcement representatives and more joined together in a conversation about what drugs students are using, how they are getting them,…

HC DrugFree at Latino Health Fair

HC DrugFree at Latino Health Fair

HC DrugFree participated in the Latino Health Fair at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Saturday Oct 15th. This fair provided health information and services to Spanish speakers in Howard County. In addition to HC DrugFree staff, we were joined by a member of our Teen Advisory Council.