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Open Houses at WACS and C4CS this September
Worcester County Health Department invites the public to recognize and celebrate friends and loved ones in recovery from addiction.
 
In an effort to raise awareness about substance abuse prevention and treatment, the health department invites the public to two open houses in September:
  • 1-3 p.m., Thursday, September 29 at the Center 4 Clean Start, 926 Snow Hill Rd., Cottage 200.
  • 1-3 p.m. Friday, September 30 at Worcester Addictions Cooperative Services (WACS), 11827 Ocean Gateway, West Ocean City. 
 
The open houses are free and open to the public. Each event is an opportunity to learn about the recovery services offered at the centers. Center 4 Clean Start provides behavioral health services for pregnant and postpartum women of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. WACS offers counseling and treatment for anyone with substance use disorders. Click the flyer below for more information. 
 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 09:18
 
Making Strides for Awareness 4th Annual Fun Walk
The public is invited to get moving and participate in the 4th Annual Making Strides for Awareness Fun Walk at 5 p.m. on October 5 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill.
 
The event, co-sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department and Town of Snow Hill, coincides with Walk Maryland Day and features a 1.1 mile course around Byrd Park, free CPR training and blood pressure screenings. Please see the flyer below for more information. 
 


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 11:48
 
Rabid Bat Population Increases in Maryland
Rabid bat population increases in Maryland. 10th annual World Rabies Day promotes prevention of potentially fatal disease.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 28, 2016) – For the second consecutive year, Maryland is experiencing an increase in the number of rabid bats. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is promoting the World Rabies Day theme of “Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” to increase awareness about the world’s most fatal disease and how to prevent it.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 13:27
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Power to Prevent Diabetes
If you are pre-diabetic or at risk for type 2 diabetes, “Eddie the Firefighter” has important information about diabetes prevention that you should hear. Ed Carman, Captain of the Snow Hill Fire Department, is featured this summer in a statewide, Power to Prevent Diabetes Campaign, run by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). As part of the campaign, Carman tells his personal story about being prediabetic in an televion ad and discusses the importance of staying healthy and active, as well as the benefits of joining a diabetes prevention program, like those offered by the Worcester County Health Department (WCHD). 

To learn more about the campaign or to take a quiz to find out if you are prediabetic, visit powertopreventdiabetes.org





Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2016 08:15
 
Don't Let Alcohol Call the Shots: Know the Consequences of Underage and Binge Drinking

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The Worcester County Underage and Binge Drinking Awareness Task Force is launching a public awareness campaign to focus on reducing the instances of  underage and binge drinking among youth and young adults in our county.  According to the CDC, alcohol is the most commonly used and abused drug among youth in the United States.  Although drinking by persons under the age of 21 is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the United States. More than 90% of this alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinks.  
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 13:25
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Maryland Medicaid Initiative to Incentivize Counseling in Drug Treatment
Maryland Medicaid initiative to incentivize counseling in drug treatment. Change will update reimbursements to Medication Assisted Treatment providers.
 
Baltimore, MD (September 6, 2016) – Today, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announces that effective March 1, 2017, it will implement a new payment policy for community-based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) – a clinical intervention that combines the use of medications and substance use disorder counseling.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:57
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Rabid bat population increases in Maryland. 10th annual World Rabies Day promotes prevention of potentially fatal disease.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 28, 2016) – For the second consecutive year, Maryland is experiencing an increase in the number of rabid bats. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is promoting the World Rabies Day theme of “Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.” to increase awareness about the world’s most fatal disease and how to prevent it.
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2016 Maryland overdose deaths continue grim trend; 920 have died so far. Health Secretary Mitchell repeats warning about fentanyl in new PSA.
 
 
Baltimore, MD (September 22, 2016) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has posted to its website the second-quarter 2016 data report of fatal overdoses. From January to June, Maryland saw 920 deaths related to overdose, 319 more than this point last year. The report is posted at https://goo.gl/oNlvlz.   
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Falls Prevention Awareness Week in Maryland, Sept. 18-24, 2016. From 1999-2014, rate of fatal falls among U.S. seniors increased by 100 percent.
 
Baltimore, MD (September 16, 2016) – Maryland seniors go to the emergency room for falls more than for any other type of injury. To bring awareness to the dangers of falling, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has designated the week of September 18-24, 2016, to be Falls Prevention Awareness Week.  
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