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New Campaign in Worcester County Targets Addiction in the Workplace

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 12:19 PM Updated:
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SNOW HILL, Md. - As the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse disorders continue to have devastating impacts across the country, communities here on Delmarva are stepping up.

The Worcester County Health Department has launched a new campaign to tackle addiction in the workplace. The first phase of the campaign will focus on the hospitality industry in Ocean City.

"Because it's a lot of entry level workers that are just starting to begin in the workforce," said Susan Jones with the Ocean City Hotel-Motel Restaurant Association.

According to the Worcester County Health Department, 59 percent of the individuals in Worcester County Drug Court last year worked in the food service industry.

"A lot of the things that we are seeing when we're doing the research is a lot of people having these issues around substance abuse in the workplace, they're actually working. We may have preconceived notions that they're not working, but they are," said Tiffany Scott with the Worcester County Health Department.

The campaign will focus on education, as well as local treatment and recovery resources. The campaign will also offer access to a substance use resource liaison and provide opportunities for Narcan and nalaxone training.

"We wanted to have someone that the managers could directly contact when they were interested in some of the trainings we offer," said Scott.

Officials with the Worcester County Health Department say the goal is to eventually extend the addiction campaign to other industries.

Businesses interested in the campaign can contact the Worcester County Health Department at 410-632-1100.

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