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.


Free Parenting Classes for Parents/Guardians of 9-14-Year-Olds:

HC DrugFree and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office will once again provide the evidence-based series Guiding Good Choices for parents to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This 4-week series will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 22 and 29, 2019, and November 5 and 12, 2019, at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia.

Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. To register, go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGCOct2019 or see attached flier. Free workbook included. If you have questions, email Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree’s Executive Director at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


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.


HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council Is Open To All Howard County High School Students 

Teen Advisory Council: HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center and is open to all Howard County high school students. Community service hours are available for all meetings and events. TAC will meet on Monday, October 21. To access the registration form, please visit HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council page at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council-1 Refreshments provided at meetings, so must RSVP to  Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0040.


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.


Drive-thru EpiPen, Medication and More Collection

Howard County's next convenient drive-thru collection for over-the-counter and prescription medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) will be held on Saturday, October 26 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and The UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your medicine cabinets. Teams, clubs, students, PTAs/PTSAs, families, scouts, etc. are welcome to volunteer at the event and receive community service hours. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at  www.hcdrugfree.org and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, or let us know you plan to volunteer by emailing Admin@hcdrugfree.org or calling 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/.