The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

The Hidden Costs of Prom Night

Prom Night can be one of the most memorable evenings of a teen’s life…but at what cost? Of course, there are the traditional expenses such as formal attire, tickets to the event, and maybe even splurging for a limo! But what about the optional costs of Prom Night? If a student is found to have…

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms

This week, acting school superintendent, William J. Barnes, sent out an email reminding HCPSS families how dangerous Prom season can be for teens. We are sharing this message to echo the desire for young people to create wonderful memories while making responsible choices that help to keep themselves and others safe. As we approach the last…

Reflections on Life Skills

One of our long term Teen Advisory Council members, Malhar, was a part of our college student team teaching our recent Life Skills class. In the essay below, he outlines his experience. What really made this experience stand out was the hands-on approach we took. Rather than just lecturing, we engaged the students in discussions, role-plays,…

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week: What’s Your WHY?

What’s Your WHY? #MyWHYNDAFW HC DrugFree asked teen and adult residents of Howard County, MD their WHY: Why they care about drug & alcohol related education, prevention resources, and why leading by example matters. This is what they said… HC DrugFree is proud to partner with the The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and…

TAC Talks: HoCo Teens Present Thoughtful Insights in Meaningful Student Lead Program

TAC Talks: HoCo Teens Present Thoughtful Insights in Meaningful Student Lead Program

You’ve heard of TED Talks. Now, we’d like to introduce TAC Talks! On Monday, March 18 HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) presented “insider information” for parents, educators, middle school students, and their high school peers during this special student-lead community program. This special event covered a range of thought-provoking topics, chosen and presented by Howard County…

In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

In the Weeds: Cannabis in College

Hey high schoolers and parents! Let’s talk about something that’s on a lot of minds these days: marijuana. On July 1, 2023, the State of Maryland legalized some amount of cannabis use and possession. Since it was now legalized in the state for people over 21, it’s easy to think that college campuses are all…

HoCo Grad and Former TAC Member Reflects on HC DrugFree

One of our long term Teen Advisory Council members, Malhar, is a part of our college student team teaching our Life Skills class that begins next week. In the essay below, he outlines his experience with HC DrugFree, Life Skills, and the impact both have had on his life. Academic and professional life has been…

Mental Health and Vaping in Teens and Young Adults

Mental Health and Vaping in Teens and Young Adults

Recent research by the American Heart Association has found that teens and young adults (ages 13-24) who vape nicotine and/or THC are more likely to also report symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts than teens who do not vape. Of those who vape, around 20-30% reported that they started vaping to help cope with stress,…

Spring 2023 Life Skills Class Recap

Spring 2023 Life Skills Class Recap

This week, HC DrugFree completed another series of Life Skills classes for middle and high school students! Classes were comprised of more than 30 enrolled students, several older high school mentors from HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council, and an amazing team of college students who taught the class with oversight from HC DrugFree’s adult staff.…

HoCo Kids Didn’t Sugar-Coat Their Reactions to THC Candy

HoCo Kids Didn’t Sugar-Coat Their Reactions to THC Candy

“NOOOO! Not my Skittles!” One Howard County middle school student lamented. “I can’t believe the companies would allow this,” another replied. “But I like Nerds…” another concerned student chimed in. These are just a few examples of the reactions we received when Howard County students in HC DrugFree’s Life Skills Class were shown photos of…