We Take it Seriously

Lives can change, or end, in a moment. Make your moments count. If you drink, don't drive. We Take it Seriously. We hope you do, too. 

 

Drunk Driving Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes—that's one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk-driving fatalities have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44B per year.

 

Binge drinking has serious risks.

Binge drinking is associated with many health problems,8–10 including the following:

  • Unintentional injuries such as car crashes, falls, burns, and alcohol poisoning.
    Violence including homicide, suicide, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault.
    Sexually transmitted diseases.
    Unintended pregnancy and poor pregnancy outcomes, including miscarriage and stillbirth.
    Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
    Sudden infant death syndrome.
    Chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, and liver disease.
    Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon.
    Memory and learning problems.
    Alcohol dependence.

To learn more about the dangers of drinking and driving, visit NHTSA.

 

To learn more about the risks of binge drinking, visit CDC.

 

 

 

 

 

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WCHD News

The Pocomoke City Police Department has installed a Medicine Drop Box to offer residents a safe way to dispose of unused or expired medications.

The Pocomoke City Police Department is pleased to announce that a permanent Medicine Drop box has been installed in the lobby of the police department located at 1500 Market Street Pocomoke City, MD. The drop box is intended to help residents dispose of unwanted medicines and pharmaceuticals in a safe and secure way.

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Join Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and Worcester County Health Department's Kathy Wool for a virtual tour of the famous Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk. The Boardwalk is an iconic example of how walkable Worcester can be. 

 

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.

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Walk and Talk events aim to get residents moving: Worcester County Health Department to host community conversation walks.

(Snow Hill, MD)- Are you interested in walking and exploring local, walkable places? The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting a series of community Walk and Talk events starting this July. All events are free and open to the public.

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From Ready.gov


Extreme Heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a long period (2 to 3 days) of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. This can lead to death by overworking the human body.

 

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