Governor O’Malley Recognizes Overdose Prevention Awareness Day

 BALTIMORE (August 31, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley proclaimed August 31, 2012, Overdose Prevention Awareness Day in Maryland, acknowledging that, despite a decline in recent years in overdose deaths in the State, Maryland still faces challenges in combating overdose deaths, particularly those resulting from prescription drug abuse.


“In Maryland, we recognize the importance of working together with our federal, state and local partners to drive down overdose deaths. That’s why we’ve set a goal to expand access to substance abuse services by 25 percent by the end of 2012,” said Governor O’Malley. “But as we reflect on the progress we’ve made in decreasing overall overdose deaths, we know that as prescription drug overdoses continue to increase, there is still more work ahead to end the abuse and heal our people.”

 

Between 2007 and 2011, the number of deaths resulting from drug and alcohol intoxication decreased by 22.3 percent, from 810 in 2007 to 629 in 2011. Notably, the number of intoxication deaths among African Americans during this period declined by 53 percent. However, despite this overall decline in deaths from intoxication, the number of deaths as a result of prescription drug intoxication increased by more than 10 percent.

 

“Prescription drug abuse is among the most critical public health challenges facing Maryland today,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). “We are actively working to combat this alarming trend.”

 

DHMH, along with federal, state and local partners, is working to address the threat of prescription drug abuse through the development and implementation of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, as well as through enhanced coordination and enforcement against drug diversion.

 

In addition, the O’Malley/Brown Administration has made increasing access to substance abuse treatment a top priority. Earlier this summer, a report submitted to lawmakers by DHMH showed that the number of Maryland residents receiving outpatient substance abuse treatment services through DHMH's funded programs under Medicaid and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration (ADAA) has increased steadily from 63,834 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 to a projected 84,429 in FY 2012

 

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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