TAC Talks: Time Management
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
2d ago
TAC Talks is a collection of video segments, developed with the creativity and insights of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council, and presented in the style of TED Talks, hence the name TAC Talks. Originally presented as a part of a community program, they are now available as smaller segments by topic. This TAC Talk on Time Management is presented by Teen Advisory Council member Roman Edwards. To view the full TAC Talks Program, visit the TAC Talks Main Page ..read more
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TAC Talks: Transitioning from Middle to High School
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
2w ago
TAC Talks: Transitioning from Middle to High School TAC Talks is a collection of video segments, developed with the creativity and insights of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council, and presented in the style of TED Talks, hence the name TAC Talks. Originally presented as a part of a community program, they are now available as smaller segments by topic. This TAC Talk on Transitioning from Middle to High School is presented by Teen Advisory Council member Daniel Cho. To view the full TAC Talks Program, visit the TAC Talks Main Page ..read more
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Free Life Skills Classes
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
2w ago
More information about future Life Skills and other classes and events will be shared in our newsletter. Life Skills Training for Grades 6-9 (or slightly younger or older) The 8 FREE online sessions will be offered July 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, & 25 HC DrugFree will provide another series of FUN and interactive skills-based classes designed to promote positive health and personal development. This curriculum was designed for students in grades 6 to 9, but for slightly younger or older students, we will consider each request. If parents/guardians have questions about the approp ..read more
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TAC Talks: Motivation & Perseverance Solutions
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
2w ago
TAC TALKS: Motivation & Perseverance TAC Talks is a collection of video segments, developed with the creativity and insights of HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council, and presented in the style of TED Talks, hence the name TAC Talks. Originally presented as a part of a community program, they are now available as smaller segments by topic. This TAC Talk on Motivation & Perseverance Solutions is presented by Teen Advisory Council member Julia Zhang. To view the full TAC Talks Program, return to the TAC Talks Main Page ..read more
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Refusal Skills: A Super Power at Any Age
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
3w ago
Submitted by an anonymous Howard County community member. I was watching my eldest granddaughter play alone at a recent birthday party. Her mother, my daughter, approached me and mentioned her concern about her daughter not having many close friends and choosing often to play alone. After chatting a bit about this and reassuring her that this particular grandchild will figure out what works best for her, my daughter mentioned one thing in particular, however, that makes her very proud….my granddaughter has no trouble telling others when and if she wants to join in. I explained to my daughter ..read more
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Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response Warns of Medetomidine
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by adminvanessa
1M ago
From Maryland’s Office of Overdose Response: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health recently distributed the attached health alert regarding medetomidine, a veterinary sedative that has increasingly been found in Philadelphia’s supply of illicit drugs. Important takeaways from the health alert are summarized below. Medetomidine Highlights Medetomidine is a veterinary sedative (alpha-2 agonist) that is more potent than xylazine. Medetomidine may be linked to symptoms of hypotension (low blood pressure), bradycardia (low heart rate), and prolonged sedation that is not reversed by naloxone ..read more
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National Prevention Week: #MyPreventionStory
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
1M ago
National Prevention Week (May 12-18) is a public education platform sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showcasing the work of communities and organizations across the country dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. HC DrugFree is proud to join with SAMHSA in celebrating possibilities, supporting mental health, and preventing substance misuse in our community. TELL US YOUR #MyPreventionStory Join us in amplifying the power of prevention by sharing your story in the #MyPreven ..read more
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DEA Releases 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment
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by adminvanessa
1M ago
On May 9. 2024, the DEA issued a press release regarding the 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment. You can read the press release and download a PDF of the report below. WASHINGTON – Today, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram announced the release of the 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), DEA’s comprehensive strategic assessment of illicit drug threats and trafficking trends endangering the United States. For more than a decade, DEA’s NDTA has been a trusted resource for law enforcement agencies, policy makers, and prevention and treatment specialists and has been integral in informi ..read more
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The Hidden Costs of Prom Night
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
2M ago
Prom Night can be one of the most memorable evenings of a teen’s life…but at what cost? Of course, there are the traditional expenses such as formal attire, tickets to the event, and maybe even splurging for a limo! But what about the optional costs of Prom Night? If a student is found to have consumed ANY alcohol or drugs on the way to a school sponsored event, AT a school sponsored event, or even at an outside party may result in severe disciplinary and legal penalties which may result in suspension from school, exclusion from extracurricular activities, or being allowed to participate in g ..read more
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Letter from the Superintendent Regarding High School Proms
HC DrugFree
by adminvanessa
2M ago
This week, acting school superintendent, William J. Barnes, sent out an email reminding HCPSS families how dangerous Prom season can be for teens. We are sharing this message to echo the desire for young people to create wonderful memories while making responsible choices that help to keep themselves and others safe. As we approach the last few months of the school year, we have much to look forward to—proms and graduations included. Parents/guardians want these experiences to be memorable and want our teens to stay safe and make good decisions. Prom season can be a particularly dangerou ..read more
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