Successful Turnout for Town Hall Meeting to Address Underage Binge Drinking

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.


This program was initiated by a sub-committee (Strategic Prevention Framework Process Team) of the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council and has been meeting for several years to examine underage drinking.  A needs assessment found that binge drinking among youth was a major concern.  A slide presentation showed data that ranked Worcester County third in the State of Maryland for adult binge drinking. Focus groups with young people raised concern that this practice of over consumption has trickled down to the youth.  Also, local surveys found that many youth are accessing alcohol through their family and friends and that social availability needs to be considered in efforts to reduce youth abuse of alcohol.

 

The audience was given the opportunity to ask questions of the experts representing education, law enforcement, and public health and make suggestions for ways to better protect our youth from lifelong problems associated with substance use.  There were information tables with representatives from the Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Committee, the Ocean City Elks Lodge, the SADD Club, and the Suicide Prevention Program.  Many of the attendees completed the call to action cards and expressed interest in being involved in further such efforts.

 

Call Marty Pusey, 410-632-0056, for further information or to get involved.

 

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(Snow Hill, MD)- Worcester County Emergency Service officials urge residents to exercise extreme caution and check on elderly and infirm neighbors during the heatwave forecasted to last through Sunday. Heat indexes for the shore are expected to rise above 100 degrees this week and exposure to extreme heat can be dangerous for humans and animals, even deadly.

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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. Remember that:

Extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning.

Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.

Humidity increases the feeling of heat as measured by a heat index.

IF YOU ARE UNDER AN EXTREME HEAT WARNING:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

Learn more tips for staying cool and safe during extreme heat by clicking the image below

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Health Department emphasizes the importance of rabies prevention and safety

Snow Hill, MD- The Worcester County Health Department has confirmed eight rabies cases locally since the beginning of 2019, emphasizing the importance of rabies awareness and proper pet vaccination. The latest confirmed positive rabies case was a groundhog found on Manklin Creek Rd in the Ocean Pines area on July 3.

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Men's Health Month

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe.

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Summer Wellness Camp

The Worcester County Health Department will host a free, week-long health and wellness camp for youth age 12-17 this summer. From June 17-21, campers will learn about the importance of health, fitness, setting personal goals and much more. The summer camp is part of Worcester Health’s Promoting Health Among Teens program and will feature guest speakers, snacks and lunch, learning activities and field trips to locations around Worcester including the Jolly Roger amusement park in Ocean City.

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