Community News For Parents from HCDrugFree

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 5:24pm

Howard County Parents/Guardians of 9-14 Year Olds: Attend a FREE evidence-based program for parents/guardians of 9 to 14 year olds to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This is a 4 week program on Tuesday evenings from October 9 to October 30 at the Elkridge Branch of the Howard County Library from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Parents will receive a workbook so hurry to register at or contact HC DrugFree at or 443-325-0040 for more information. Program presented by HC DrugFree and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Health Department.

Parent Video and Questions to Ask Student’s Doctor/Dentist: HC DrugFree’s 2018 and 2017 back-to-school videos for parents are available at along with the lists of questions to ask your student’s doctor or dentist before taking opioids.
Get Rid of Old EpiPens, Medication and More: The next convenient drive-thru medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, October 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medication and sharps. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, call 443-325-0040 or email

Electronic Newsletter for Parents: Sign up for HC DrugFree’s free electronic newsletter to learn about local drug/alcohol overdoses, issues facing your children,freeeducational programs/resources for adults and youth, and local data. Gain access to a Q & A where parents (or youth) ask anonymous questions and local experts provide answers. Sign up online at and click on “join our mailing list” on the homepage or forward your email address to