Worcester Health Launches Addiction in the Workplace Awareness Campaign

New education and training campaign focused on substance use disorders

(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) is proud to announce the launch of a new Addiction in the Workplace awareness campaign. Through Addiction in the Workplace, WCHD will provide educational material such as rack cards and posters, access to a Substance Use Resource Liaison, as well as training opportunities for Naloxone/Narcan, responsible beverage service training, and Mental Health First Aid. Educational material is free-of-cost and readily available, and most trainings are free.



The opioid epidemic, and substance use disorders, tragically affect every part of the country and every walk of life. For its first stage, Addiction in the Workplace focuses on the unique challenges faced by the hospitality industry. Nationally, food preparation workers and wait staff are among the top occupations with the highest rates of illicit drug and excessive alcohol use.

“The Health Department is pleased to collaborate with industry partners in this effort. Having a healthy and informed workforce is a goal we all share," said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for the Worcester County Health Department.

Over the coming months, WCHD will work with community partners in public health and the hospitality industry to raise awareness of Addiction in the Workplace, increase training opportunities, and provide education for spotting the signs of substance use. WCHD is partnering with the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association to get the word out about the campaign directly to members of the industry.

“One of the key elements of our Association is to connect our members to available resources. This program is a great example of doing such,” said Susan Jones, Executive Director of the OCHMRA. “With mental health in the news now, hopefully people become more willing to talk openly and seek the guidance that may be necessary.”

For more information, visit DecisionsMatter.org or call 410-632-0056. If you or someone you know struggles with substance use and needs help finding recovery resources, dial 2-1-1 or call 410-749-4357. Local treatment options are available through the Worcester Addictions Cooperative Service Center at 410-213-0202.

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