Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
Effective 03/18/2020, Prevention and Health Communications will offer limited services. Staff will still answer department phones.
A Program of the Prevention & Health Communications Department
Funded by: The Behavioral Health Administration, Maryland Department of Health
Drug Free Wicomico will utilize effective prevention strategies and activities to promote healthy behaviors, decisions, and environments that will reduce, postpone or eliminate the problematic use of alcohol, prescription and over the counter drugs and any use of illegal drugs.
Our vision is that the residents of Wicomico County will maintain and improve their health by not abusing alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Adults will be positive role models for the children and youth of Wicomico County.
Drs. Zachary Dezman and Eric Wish discuss the launch of the EDDS system and their recent MMWR article. They answered questions on Louie B. Free’s morning show BrainFood from the Heartland.
The live recording is available on Facebook:
Additional information about EDDS and updated data (2016-Mar 2020) are available in the MMWR article and on the CESAR website
Fentanyl Tops List of Drugs Found in Baltimore Overdose Patients
University of Maryland Researchers Launch the Maryland Emergency Department Drug Surveillance (EDDS) System – Call for Expanded Fentanyl Testing by Hospitals
Alcohol and Coronavirus:
Fact Checking: Alcohol and the Coronavirus
What To Do About Drinking Alcohol With COVID-19 Coronavirus And Social Distancing
Reduce your risk of serious lung disease caused by corona virus by quitting smoking and vaping:
Coronavirus and Smoking:
The Drug Free Wicomico Coalition meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 11:30 A.M. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email: Cynthia.Shifler@maryland.gov
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month:
- Binge Drinking- when men consumes 5 or more drinks or women consumes 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.
- Blood Alcohol Levels- The metric used to measure the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream is called blood alcohol concentration, or BAC. A person’s lover can process about one standard drink an hour.
- Alcohol Facts- 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18
- Marijuana- directly affects the brain- specifically the parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, attention, decision making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time.
- Ecstasy- a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions)
- LSD- (D-lysergic acid diethylamide) is the most common hallucinogen, a group of drugs that alter awareness of perception, thoughts, and feelings.
- K2 Spice- Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made mind altering chemicals that are either sprayed on, dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices
- Methamphetamine- a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system
- PCP- Phencyclidine, A “dissociative” anesthetic.
- Bath Salts- Synthetic cathinone products
- Prescription Drugs- Opioids are medications that are chemically similar to endorphins- opioids that our body makes naturally to relieve pain.
- Talking to your children/youth about drugs- Parents who are educated about the effects of drug use and learn the facts can give their kids correct information and clear up any misconceptions.
Doctors Spot a New, Severe Lung Illness Tied to Vaping
Latest Lungs News
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Canadian researchers report a new twist on the spate of deaths and lung damage from vaping in the United States.
A 17-year-old boy may well be the first case of a novel type of lung injury from vaping. The condition is similar to “popcorn lung,” which is seen in workers exposed to the chemical flavoring diacetyl, an ingredient used to produce microwave popcorn, researchers said.
When inhaled, the chemical causes inflammation and obstruction of the small airways in the lungs.
“The type of lung injury our patient suffered is different from the pattern of injury seen in the outbreak of cases in the U.S., meaning that there is more than one way vaping can harm the lungs,” said lead researcher Dr. Karen Bosma, an associate scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario.
“We don’t know for certain what chemical or ingredient is causing the problem, but we do know that several compounds found in e-liquids can be toxic when inhaled, so no vaping products can be considered free of risk,” she said.
Bosma’s team suspected that the problem was related to flavored e-cigarettes. Indeed, the family said their son had regularly used flavored e-liquids including those that contained THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
The boy’s condition was so serious that his doctors referred him to a lung transplant center.
Although the teen avoided needing a lung transplant, his lungs were permanently damaged. He continues to recover and has sworn off e-cigarettes, marijuana and tobacco, the researchers said.
Vaping has health risks and the potential short and long-term effects of vaping remain unknown, Bosma said. Nonsmokers, pregnant women and young people should not vape, she cautioned.
“The patient, his family and his health care team want to use his case as a warning to others,” Bosma said. “What happened to our patient could happen to anyone.”
The report was published Nov. 21 in the journal CMAJ.
In the United States, the number of those stricken with a severe lung illness tied to vaping has reached 2,172, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cases have now been reported in every state except Alaska, the agency noted.
In September, President Donald Trump pledged to ban sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in the United States. But the New York Times reported this week that under pressure from lobbyists and political advisers, Trump has not yet taken action, saying only that he wants to study the issue.
Meanwhile, the U.S. death toll from vaping-related lung illness stands at 42, spread across 24 states and the District of Columbia. Deaths have involved patients ranging from the ages of 17 to 75, with a median age of 52.
The CDC noted that more than 85% of cases involved products that contained THC.
Experts said an oily chemical known as vitamin E acetate appears to be involved, which is used in a variety of products, but when heated and inhaled it can cause severe lung damage.
“These are products that are not regulated with regards to the substances being inhaled,” explained Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association.
While these compounds may be safe to swallow, they can become toxic and cause lung damage when they’re heated and inhaled as a vapor, he said.
People shouldn’t vape, Rizzo said. “If they don’t, they shouldn’t start. If they are vaping, they should stop because these products have not been evaluated by any regulatory agency in this country and there’s no evidence as to their safety or efficacy,” he said.
The 19th Annual Awards Luncheon
The 19th Annual Awards Luncheon was held on June 6, 2019 at the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center. The luncheon recognizes enforcement, liquor and tobacco licensees, community members and youth for making an impact on reducing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use in Wicomico County.