Worcester County Launches Opioid Abuse Awareness Effort

Worcester County Launches Opioid Abuse Awareness Effort


Snow Hill, MD – Nationally, prescription and illicit opioid misuse and abuse has seen a drastic spike in recent years, a trend that Worcester County is not immune to. Opioid-related overdose deaths, particularly heroin, have been on the rise locally. In response, the Worcester County Drug and Alcohol Council (WCDAC) is launching a long-term opioid awareness campaign that includes advertising across traditional and social media, expanded options to dispose of expired medications, as well as life-saving Naloxone overdose response training.

Doug Dods, Chair of the Council, Beau Oglesby, State’s Attorney, and Debbie Goeller, Health Officer, all spoke today about the devastating impact that opioid and heroin overdoses have had on our community. The “Decisions Matter” media campaign focuses on the choices young people make, how important those choices are, and how addiction takes away an individual’s ability to make their own decisions. The campaign contains educational messaging which also targets parents about the importance of securing their medications using television and radio commercials, social marketing and digital resources.

A subcommittee led by Beau Oglesby, named the Opioid Awareness Taskforce, has been meeting this year to develop plans to tackle the issue. The Worcester County Health Department (WCHD) has also placed additional prevention and treatment strategies in place in conjunction with the Decisions Matter campaign.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2011-2013), people addicted to prescription opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin. Because prescription misuse, particularly with teens, often begins with the home medicine cabinet, the sheriff’s office announced the establishment of a new medication disposal dropbox at the Government Center in Snow Hill, bringing the total to three 24/7 dropboxes across Worcester County.

For more information about this effort, visit DecisionsMatter.org or call the WCHD at 410-632-0056.

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PRMC ALS Clinic & the ALS Therapy Development Institute to Hold a September 10 Awareness Event


Peninsula Regional Medical Center and its ALS Clinic welcome ALS patients, their families, caregivers, care providers and anyone interested in learning more about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis to join them for an awareness and educational event on Thursday, September 10.

Rob Goldstein, Vice President of Marketing, Communication and Development for the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALSTDI), will be the keynote speaker.  Goldstein will provide an overview of ALS, the latest in the drug development process and speak to the work of the ALSTDI team’s clinical trials and their Precision Medicine Program.

ALSTDI was founded in 1999.  Its scientists actively discover and develop treatments for ALS.  It is the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research.  As the organization is led by people and their families who are living with ALS, they understand the urgent need to slow and stop this disease.

The program, with time for questions and answers, is scheduled for an hour and will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Hallowell Conference Center at PRMC, located on the ground floor of the Layfield Tower.  Those attending may park in Garage B and enter through the Frank B. Hanna Outpatient Center.  Valet parking will also be available at the Hanna Outpatient Center entrance.  Light refreshments will be served.  An RSVP is not required.

Anyone with questions concerning the event or learning more about the PRMC ALS Clinic may call Sharon Jernigan at 410-912-2889 or email her at sharon.jernigan@peninsula.org.

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Delmarva Power Supports 2015 Coastal Cleanup

Delmarva Power Supports 2015 Coastal Cleanup

OCEAN CITY, Md.  – Delmarva Power will partner with environmental, governmental and business organizations throughout the region to support the 29th annual Coastal Cleanup this year. The effort aims to remove trash from beaches and riverbanks in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

Volunteers are needed to clean up 71 locations. Most cleanups will occur on Saturday, Sept. 19, while others will take place on other dates in September and October. (See second and third pages of this news release for specific information on all cleanup sites, times and dates). Each participant will receive an original Coastal Cleanup T-shirt (while supplies last), courtesy of Delmarva Power and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

“Unfortunately, some people who visit our region’s beaches and rivers over the summer leave behind a lot of trash,” Delmarva Power spokesman Matt Likovich said during a Coastal Cleanup kickoff news conference Monday in Ocean City. “Add that to the debris that washes ashore and you have the potential for serious pollution. Delmarva Power is proud to sponsor Coastal Cleanup for 25 consecutive years because it reflects the kind of environmental stewardship that is central to our business.”

Delaware will include recycling as part of the cleanup with volunteers separating trash from recyclables.

In last year’s cleanup, approximately 2,300 volunteers collected an estimated 17,000 pounds of trash. Unusual items collected included a windshield wiper, paint brush, flashlight, toilet seat, television, car fender and chopsticks. Typical items found included cigar and cigarette butts, beverage containers, plastic bags and balloons with attached strings or ribbons. Balloons, strings and ribbons pose a serious health threat to animals and aquatic life that can mistake balloons for food and

become entangled in the strings and ribbons. Coastal Cleanup is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to protect the world’s oceans. The types and quantities of trash collected will be itemized on data cards and forwarded to the Center for Marine Conservation. The information will be used to identify the source of debris as well as explore ways to reduce or eliminate litter.

Find additional information about Delmarva Power by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.


2015 Coastal Cleanup Locations, Times, Dates & Contacts

Delaware (51 sites) – 9 a.m., Sept. 19                              Joanna Wilson



Maryland (18 sites)

Beaverdam Creek, Salisbury – 9 a.m., Sept. 12                Mary Seemann, 410-860-6880

Dorsey Run, Jessup – 9 a.m., Sept. 12                              Sue Muller, 410-313-4697

(This location already has a full quota of volunteers.)

Janes Island State Park, Crisfield – 8:30 a.m., Sept. 19     Ranger John Somers, 410-968-1565

Assateague Island – 8:30 a.m., Sept. 19                             Matt Heim, 410-629-1538

Ocean City – 9 a.m., Sept. 19                                             Gail Blazer, 410-289-8221

Sandi Smith, 410-213-2297

Nanticoke River, Roaring Point Park – 9 a.m., Sept. 19    Eugene Williams, 410-548-2062

Tred Avon River, Easton – 9 a.m., Sept, 19                       Geri Schlenoff



Neavitt Landing, St. Michaels – 9 a.m. Sept. 19                 Geri Schlenoff



Terrapin Park, Stevensville – 9 a.m., Sept. 19                    Geri Schlenoff



Kent Narrows, Kent Island – 9 a.m., Sept. 19                     Geri Schlenoff

(two locations)                                                                      icc.baltimore@gmail.com


Bill Burton Fishing Pier, Cambridge – 9 a.m., Sept. 19       Geri Schlenoff



Elk and North Rivers, Elkton – 9 a.m., Sept. 19                 Geri Schlenoff



George Island Landing, Truitt’s Landing, Taylor Landing

Girdletree – 9 a.m., Sept. 20                                               Kim Klump, 410-726-3090


Nassawango Creek, Snow Hill – 9 a.m., Sept. 26             Joe Fehrer, Jr., 410-430-1743


New Jersey (2 sites)                                                                                                                     

South Cape May Meadows Preserve, Cape May –

10 a.m., Sept. 18                                                                Adrianna Zito-Livingston, 609-861-4136


Atlantic City – 9 a.m., Oct. 24                                             Ken Mosca, 609-645-4802

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Delmarva Power Prepares for Atlantic Hurricane Season

Delmarva Power Prepares for Atlantic Hurricane Season

Storm Season Means Customers Should Review Plans, Check Supplies

OCEAN CITY, Md./ REHOBOTH, Del.  – With the start of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season just a few days away, officials from Delmarva Power, area municipalities and emergency services agencies held joint news conferences in Ocean City, Md., and Rehoboth, Del., today to remind the public that it’s time to prepare for the possibility that destructive tropical weather could hit the region any time between June 1 and Nov. 30.

Meteorologists are predicting a “well-below-average” hurricane season with seven tropical storms (sustained winds of 39 mph or higher) of which three could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher).

“Despite the early prediction of a less active season, it is essential that all of us remain vigilant and be prepared for hurricane season. We want our customers to know that we are committed to an emergency response system that makes safety a priority, restores power as quickly as possible and provides customers with information on how to prepare for and deal with weather-related outages.  said Jim Smith, Delmarva Power senior public affairs manager. “We’ll be prepared to add more personnel and resources as needed and work with local governments through our Emergency Services Partnership Program to activate emergency procedures.”

Delmarva Power employees prepare for the possibility of storm-related power outages by participating in emergency drills on a regular basis. In addition, the company maintains an adequate supply of essential equipment, such as poles, wires and transformers, and stays in contact with other utilities to quickly arrange for mutual assistance in case of a natural disaster.

“We also believe that preventive maintenance is essential in reducing the potential for service interruptions caused by stormy weather,” said Smith. “We plan to invest more than $1 billion over the next several years to upgrade our electric infrastructure. We’ll also spend several million dollars this year on tree trimming near power lines to help avoid outages that can be caused by trees and limbs that fall during storms.”

Delmarva Power suggests that customers assemble an emergency kit that can be used at home and, if necessary, taken with them if they’re ordered to evacuate. Each kit should include a flashlight, battery-powered clock and radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, manual can opener, bottled water and a list of important phone numbers. All items can be placed into a large cooler which is easy to grab if a person has to leave home quickly.

Delmarva Power also provides a “Storm Preparation Handbook” that can be downloaded from its website (www.delmarva.com) or you can call Customer Care at 800-375-7117 to request a copy via mail.

Smith was joined at today’s events by Clay Stamp, Executive Director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency; Joe Theobald, Ocean City’s Emergency Services Director; Fred Webster, Director of Worcester County Emergency Services; Joe Thomas, Director of the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center; Bill Sammler, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service; Sharon Lynn, City Manager of Rehoboth Beach; and Patrick Delaney, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Delmarva.

“While the last two hurricane seasons have been relatively quiet, we all remember the devastation from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, especially in the New York City area and on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore,” said Stamp. “It’s important for us to always be prepared because even in a quiet hurricane season, just one hurricane making landfall in our area can be devastating.”

“Whatever the forecast, residents and property owners should never be lulled into a sense of complacency because it only takes one storm to destroy property and threaten lives,” said Thomas. “One step residents can take ahead of hurricane season is to create a Safety Profile for their household with Sussex County’s free Smart911.com service to provide potentially critical, life-saving information up front to first responders. Profiles can contain as much or as little information as users want, including details about their properties, special medical conditions and family contacts.”

“Regardless of the seasonal hurricane forecast, it only takes one storm to cause a disaster on the Delmarva Peninsula,” said Sammler. “We should prepare as if every year will be the year of a disaster.”

Find additional information by visiting www.delmarva.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Our mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

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