HC DrugFree, 2019-2020

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:19pm

As Of October 1, Maryland's New Laws

In Maryland, many new laws went into effect on October 1st. Here are just a few highlights related to alcohol and other drugs:

  • Tobacco Products: The minimum age for buying or being sold tobacco products, which includes cigarettes, cigars, electronic smoking devices or "vapes," and any related paraphernalia, was raised from 18 to 21, exempting active-duty military members 18 or older with a military ID.
  • Driving under the influence: The penalties for drunk and drugged driving offenses are more severe. If you have prior convictions for operating either a vehicle or vessel under the influence, or if you commit a homicide in the process, there are longer sentences and more costly fines.
  • Opioid treatment in correctional facilities: Jails are required to screen all inmates for opioid use disorder and provide methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine.

 To access a list of the new laws, click here.


Let's Clear The Air - Howard County Youth Are In Danger

HC DrugFree has been sharing information about the dangers of vaping for the past few years. Let's "Clear the Air" once and for all...Don't allow your teens to vape! We've been warning that it's only a matter of time until we hear horror stories. Well, we're now there with youth and adults being hospitalized due to vaping-related illnesses and deaths and the news will only get worse. 

Don't wait to discuss vaping with your children and loved ones. Knowledge is power. Don't assume they know about the dangers...don't assume they won't at least "try" it...and for sure, don't assume the expensive marketing aimed at youth (and adults) isn't working. 

HC DrugFree's Facebook page has links to many good vaping articles, click on the Facebook link to learn more.


Community Service Hours

All students (elementary through college) can receive community service hours for volunteering during any HC DrugFree event.  For information, please email Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


Need Help Fast? Dial 2-1-1, Press 1

In case of a behavioral health crisis, please dial 410-531-6677 for Grassroots Crisis Intervention or 211, Press 1. In case of an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency department.


Become An "Emotional Support Human"

Do you have a friend or family member going through a hard time or facing a mental health challenge? Be their Emotional Support Human! For more information, go to https://www.thehorizonfoundation.org/emotional-support-humans-wanted/.