Mission: HC DrugFree provides resources and education on prevention, treatment, recovery, and health and wellness to help Howard County residents develop knowledge and skills to understand and address behavioral health (substance use and mental health) disorders.

Vision: Our vision is for the people of Howard County to live healthy and productive lives without misusing legal medication, using illegal drugs, or misusing alcohol.

To Advance our Mission: We believe Howard County is a special place to live and to raise a family. To keep it special and to combat the rising dangers of substances and other behavioral health disorders, HC DrugFree provides resources and education on prevention, treatment, recovery and wellness to assist Howard County residents. By partnering and providing outreach with local schools, community organizations, government entities and businesses, we offer up-to-date information and resources on the misuse, abuse and dependence of illegal substances and medications through our website and social media, speakers, educators and professionals. HC DrugFree not only provides education, awareness and prevention to individuals and families, but we are on the forefront in organizing Drug Take-Back events, conducting informational programs for students and families, providing secure receptacles for medications, and other innovative methods to help our county’s citizens have the tools to live a healthy life.

History: In 1995, staff at Oakland Mills High School (OMHS) in Columbia, MD organized to respond to the alarming number of teens using illegal substances such as tobacco, alcohol and other drugs as well as truancy, violence, weapons, and gangs.  As this initiative expanded from OMHS to additional schools across Howard County, it became known as the Eastern Coalition Against Substance Abuse. As the coalition grew and became more demanding of school staff time and resources, HC DrugFree, a nonprofit was formed. In March of 2004, HC DrugFree, Inc. was incorporated and in October 2004, was awarded 501(c)(3) nonprofit status by the IRS. HC DrugFree continues to work closely with the Howard County Public School System, the PTA Council of Howard County, the Parent Teacher Student Associations, and other community, state and national partners.

We Need Your Support

HC DrugFree depends on your generosity to ensure that the programs and support we provide to the Howard County community will continue for many years. Your donation will help raise awareness of youth alcohol and drug use and abuse, and promote positive youth development in the community. Learn more about becoming a friend or sponsor of HC DrugFree.

HC DrugFree’s Discrimination Policy

Since 2004, HC DrugFree has served the public as a nonprofit organization. HC DrugFree does not discriminate based on race, creed, religion, handicap, color, sex, national origin, age, occupation, marital status, political opinion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, personal appearance, familial status, source of income. Nondiscrimination has been the policy of HC DrugFree since its founding. Revised October 17, 2011.

HC DrugFree Awarded Contract to Provide Substance Abuse Prevention Services

In December 2011, HC DrugFree was awarded a contract to provide substance abuse prevention services on behalf of the Howard County Health Department’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services. Under this contract, Joan Webb Scornaienchi, executive director of HC DrugFree will serve as Howard County’s Prevention Coordinator and Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF) Coordinator. 

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