In response to a 2010 Youth Commission Survey, in which 49 percent of youth in grades six to 12 indicated they feel strongly that alcohol and drug abuse educational program and initiatives are needed, the Harford County Department of Community Services launched the new prevention program, Above the Influence Alcohol and Drug Education Program, in January.

The Above the Influence Alcohol & Drug Education Program was attended by eight Harford County youth. The morning portion of the program focused on alcohol education and featured a victim impact speaker, a discussion on the effects of alcohol and drug use on the family, as well as some interactive activities. A local mother who lost her daughter because of drunk driving shared her personal story with the attendees.

The afternoon portion of the program focused on drug education with an emphasis on marijuana, synthetic drugs and prescription drug abuse. The Harford County Sheriff's Office K9 unit provided a demonstration and spoke with the attendees about the legal aspect of underage drinking, drug use and driving under the influence.

The next Above the Influence class will be held on Tuesday, April 2. There is no cost to attend the program and lunch and snacks are provided at no charge to attendees. Space is limited. To register a child for the prevention class, or to learn more about the program, please contact the Office of Drug Control Policy, 410-638-3333 or odcp@harfordcountymd.gov.


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The Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy is a division within the Department of Community Services. The Harford County Department of Community Services was established in 1979 via executive order and works daily to meet the needs of our seniors, youth, persons with disabilities and those struggling to overcome addiction. The department works with federal, state, local and private agencies to ensure Harford∂ continues to evolve and remains dedicated to providing the best possible services for our citizens and community.