HC DrugFree, on behalf of its partners in the Howard County Alcohol Coalition, launched a new initiative - "Be a Parent, Not a Friend...don't make alcohol available to teens" in 2014. 

The campaign theme, “Don’t make alcohol available to teens”, is directed at parents and other adults to make them aware of the risks and consequences of providing alcohol to underage youth, as well as the hazards of underage drinking, such as:

  • Providing alcohol to minors or hosting teen parties with alcohol is illegal and not worth the price you may pay.
  • Underage drinking is illegal and can have consequences for life.
  •  Alcohol + Kids = a Dangerous Mix
  •  Parents have the power to make a difference in stopping teen alcohol use.

This web-based parent-to-parent mobilization is designed to help Howard County parents and other adults work together to prevent social hosting and availability of alcohol to teens. The campaign is supported by a Maryland Strategic Prevention Framework (MSPF) grant from the State Behavioral Health Administration.

HC DrugFree is a non-profit community-based organization contracted by the Howard County Health Department to provide behavioral health education, information, and resources.

Pictured above are: Howard County Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker; Executive Director, HC DrugFree - Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Howard County Policy Chief Gary Gardner; and State's Attorney Dario Broccolino

Pictured above are: Howard County Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker; Executive Director, HC DrugFree - Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Howard County Policy Chief Gary Gardner; and State's Attorney Dario Broccolino

Pictured above are: Medical Director, Howard County Fire & Rescue Services - Dr. Kevin Seaman; Director of the Bureau of Behavioral Health, Howard County Health Department - Roe Rogers-Bonaccorsy; Executive Director, HC DrugFree - Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Howard County Health Officer, Howard County Health Department - Dr. Maura Rossman; Chair, Howard County Board of Education - Ellen Flynn Giles; Howard County Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker; Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner

Pictured above are: Medical Director, Howard County Fire & Rescue Services - Dr. Kevin Seaman; Director of the Bureau of Behavioral Health, Howard County Health Department - Roe Rogers-Bonaccorsy; Executive Director, HC DrugFree - Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Howard County Health Officer, Howard County Health Department - Dr. Maura Rossman; Chair, Howard County Board of Education - Ellen Flynn Giles; Howard County Circuit Court Judge William V. Tucker; Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner