Addiction is a Disease. Recovery is a Decision. Decisions Matter
Contact the Worcester Addictions Cooperative Services Center at 410-213-0202 for more information.
Worcester County Health Department offers Naloxone trainings for free to all interested community members across the county. Trainings are held in Snow Hill every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. If you would like to attend a free Naloxone training or learn more, please call the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-0056.
- Possession of a controlled dangerous substance,
- Possession or use of drug paraphernalia,
- Providing alcohol to minors.
- Eyes that are bloodshot or pupils that are smaller or larger than normal.
- Frequent nosebleeds could be related to snorted drugs (meth or cocaine).
- Changes in appetite or sleep patterns. Sudden weight loss or weight gain.
- Seizures without a history of epilepsy.
- Deterioration in personal grooming or physical appearance.
- Impaired coordination, injuries/accidents/bruises that they won’t or can’t tell you about- they don’t know how they got hurt.
- Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing.
- Shakes, tremors, incoherent or slurred speech, impaired or unstable coordination.
- Behavioral signs of alcohol or drug abuse.
- Skipping class, declining grades, getting in trouble at school.
- Drop in attendance and performance at work--loss of interest in extracurricular activities, hobbies, sports or exercise--decreased motivation.
- Complaints from co-workers, supervisors, teachers or classmates.
- Missing money, valuables, prescription or prescription drugs, borrowing and stealing money.
- Acting isolated, silent, withdrawn, engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors.
- Clashes with family values and beliefs.
- Preoccupation with alcohol and drug-related lifestyle in music, clothing and posters.
- Demanding more privacy, locking doors and avoiding eye contact.
- Sudden change in relationships, friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies.
- Frequently getting into trouble (arguments, fights, accidents, illegal activities).
- Using incense, perfume, air freshener to hide smell of smoke or drugs.
- Using eyedrops to mask bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils.
- Psychological warning signs of alcohol or drug abuse.
- Unexplained, confusing change in personality and/or attitude.
- Sudden mood changes, irritability, angry outbursts or laughing at nothing.
- Periods of unusual hyperactivity or agitation.
- Lack of motivation; inability to focus, appears lethargic or “spaced out.”
- Appears fearful, withdrawn, anxious, or paranoid, with no apparent reason.
To learn more, visit NCADD
Opioids are drugs that slow down the actions of the body, such as breathing and heartbeat. Opioids also affect the brain to increase pleasant feelings.
Doctors prescribe opioid medication to treat pain and sometimes for other health problems such as severe coughing. The medication comes in a pill, a liquid, or a wafer. It also comes in a patch worn on the skin.
• Codeine—an ingredient in some cough syrups and in one Tylenol® product
• Hydrocodone—Vicodin®, Lortab®, or Lorcet®
• Oxycodone—Percocet®, OxyContin®, or Percodan®
• Hydromorphone—Dilaudid® • Morphine—MSContin®, MSIR®, Avinza®, or Kadian®
• Propoxyphene—Darvocet® or Darvon®
The Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) showed that 7.4-percent of 12th graders in Worcester County had used heroin. In appealing to youth, the task force will emphasize the loss of decision making that comes with dependence and the ease of slipping into addiction. Lives are being lost every year, often in their prime, due to a lack of understanding of the problem. In 2014 alone there were 14 accidental overdose deaths in Worcester County, up from 6 the year before. Heroin and prescription opioids make up the majority of those deaths across the state as of 2014.
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Snow Hill, MD- Vaccines are vital to protect children from potentially serious diseases. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s doctor to determine which vaccines are needed and schedule an appointment as needed. Changes in Maryland law in 2015 expanded the vaccine requirements for schools to include all kindergarten- fourth grade students to have two varicella vaccinations, and students in seventh – eleventh grade to have one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (Menactra or Menomune) vaccination.
Open Casting Call: The Worcester County Health Department is seeking volunteers to help us film a Public Service Announcement promoting awareness around stigma and addiction treatment/recovery.
We need several extras of all ages for the commercial. No acting experience required. Our tentative film date is Thursday, August 16 in West Ocean City (9 to 10 a.m.).
We would like to hear from residents about ways to make Worcester County a more walkable place. Please take a few minutes to participate in the survey below. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Walk Leader in your community, contact us at 410-632-0056. Thank you!
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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.
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.
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.
Cases are on the Rise—Effects can be Harmful and Deadly
Baltimore, MD (April 17, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Health and the Maryland Poison Center have reported the fourth hospitalization in Maryland from individuals experiencing risk of severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, which are often called Spice, K2, Bliss, Scooby Snax, or fake weed.
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Baltimore, MD (December 7, 2017) – The 14th Annual Maryland Health Equity Conference, which focuses on needed coordination, collaboration, and available opportunities to address population health and health disparities in Maryland, was held today in Baltimore.
Baltimore, MD (December 12, 2014) –The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today released a report showing that unexpected deaths of children in Maryland decreased from 302 in 2007 to 171 in 2013, a decline of 43%. Had the numbers of unexpected deaths remained at the 2007 level, more than 600 additional children would have died during this period.
Baltimore, MD (December 8, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) released a report today showing that tobacco use among Maryland public high school youth decreased by almost 40 percent from 2000 to 2013. This decline is largely attributable to a reduction in cigarette smoking. Underage use of smokeless tobacco increased between 2000 and 2013, while underage use of cigars did not change to a statistically significant degree.
Martin O’Malley announced the formation of the Overdose Prevention Council to counter an increase in the number of overdose deaths in an executive order released today. Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state has added drug and alcohol overdose deaths to theAdministration’s 16 strategic goals and is currently working to drive down overdose deaths by 20 percent by 2015.
BALTIMORE, MD (June 25, 2014) – The first heat-related deaths of the 2014 season have occurred, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced. Both people who died were adults over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions. One was a female in Harford County and the other a male in Baltimore County. Both deaths occurred during the week of June 17 to June 23.
Baltimore, MD (June 17, 2014) – On June 16, 2014, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein signed a directive and order for health care providers and local health departments to report suspected cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and follow infection prevention measures to prevent person-to-person spread.
BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2014)—Maryland teens are more physically active now than in 2005, and rates of bullying and alcohol consumption have gone down in the past eight years, announced the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) today. These are just some of the health trends highlighted by the 2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted as part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS).
BALTIMORE, MD (June 5, 2014) – As temperatures in Maryland start heating up, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reminds Marylanders to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Baltimore, MD (May 30, 2014) – Sunday, June 1, 2014 is National Cancer Survivors Day. A cancer survivor is anyone who is living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.
Baltimore, MD (May 20, 2014) – Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein has appointed Kathleen Rebbert-Franklin to chair the Behavioral Health Integration Stakeholder Workgroup created by House Bill 1510. Ms. Rebbert-Franklin is currently the Acting Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration and will assume the Deputy Director position for Population-Based Behavioral Health in the new Behavioral Health Administration on July 1, 2014.
Baltimore, MD (May 21, 2014) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has launched the new State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) website hosted by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC on the Network of Care platform at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ship/.
Baltimore (May 12, 2014) – As the spring and summer seasons approach and people and their pets begin enjoying more time outdoors, the risk of tick-borne disease transmission is at its peak. In recognition of this, Governor O’Malley has proclaimed May as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month. (Proclamation copy attached) The Maryland Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and Agriculture (MDA) join the Governor to remind Marylanders to enjoy the outdoors, but to keep ticks off.
May 8, 2014, Snow Hill, Md. - Over 80 parents, youth, educators, school administrators, and representatives from prevention, behavioral health, law enforcement, non-profits, and interested community members attended the Town Hall type meeting held on Monday, May 5th at Stephen Decatur High School. Underage binge drinking was the topic discussed and was sponsored by the Worcester County Health Department, the Worcester County Public Schools and the Stephen Decatur Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club.
The Worcester County Health Department is partnering with Stephen Decatur High School and the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club to hold an informational meeting for parents, youth, and concerned citizens to discuss the issue of underage binge-drinking and its prevention. This is being described as a Town Hall Meeting. Data will be reviewed; a video will be shown about hosting parties at home; resource information will be shared; and an opportunity for open discussion will be provided. A light meal will be served.
April 15, the Commissioners joined representatives of The CRICKET Center of Berlin, an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, to recognize April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month and to encourage the public to participate in two upcoming events, with proceeds to benefit the CRICKET Center, Worcester County’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC), in the fight to support children and families.
Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2014 by hosting its 5th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City.
Snow Hill, Md. – Open enrollment for qualified health plans through Maryland Health Connection ends March 31, 2014. This is the last chance for consumers to get health insurance through the state's marketplace until the next open enrollment period. Qualified health plan applications submitted by March 31, 2014 will have coverage effective May 1, 2014.
decay decreased by approximately 41 percent between 2001 and 2011, according to the results of the Oral Health Survey of Maryland School Children, 2011-2012, conducted by the University of Maryland School of Dentistry on behalf of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Office of Oral Health.
(OCME) reports an increase in the number of deaths linked to a potent and deadly batch of
heroin that is tainted with fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, DHMH announced today.
Snow Hill, Maryland- January 21, 2014. The Worcester County Health Department advises the public to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) exposure by taking precautions with gas-powered appliances and charcoal or gas grills.
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas, and is highly poisonous. Depending on the level of exposure, CO may cause fatigue, weakness, chest pains for those with heart disease, shortness of breath upon exertion, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lack of coordination, impaired vision, loss of consciousness, and in severe cases, death.