County substance abuse program wins federal awardA county...

Health Notes

December 23, 1997

County substance abuse program wins federal award

A county health department substance abuse program serving a large Spanish-speaking community in Annapolis is one of five in the nation cited as exemplary this year by the federal government.

The department's Health Prevention Services Hispanic Initiative is the sole Maryland program chosen to receive the award from the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention for 1997. It will be presented in February at a ceremony on Capitol Hill.

The Hispanic Initiative is at the Allen Apartment Complex, where residents face language barriers and cultural differences, along with risks for alcohol and drug use, the county health department says.

Prevention Services has assisted residents since 1992, with a focus on alcohol and drug prevention evolving into a program of training, community development and coordination with other government agencies.

Need last-minute gift? Red Cross may have answer

Stumped for a last-minute gift? The Central Maryland chapter of the American Red Cross has a few ideas -- items which it says may also save lives:

The 1998 Child Safety Calendar, which includes practical steps to ensure a safe environment for children, and color photographs and illustrations, with each month emphasizing relevant safety topics. The cost is $10.

"Pet First Aid," an illustrated manual for the animal lover, describing common emergencies and outlining causes, symptoms, and first aid techniques for dogs and cats. The cost is $10.

A gift certificate for Red Cross CPR or first aid courses, which range in cost from $30 to $38.

A Sport-Pak first-aid kit -- described as ideal for coaches, teachers and people on the go; small enough to toss in the car or wear around the waist while hiking, with supplies for severe bleeding, medium cuts, scrapes and burns. The cost is $11.99.

Information: 410-764-4609 or 800-787-8002.

Pub Date: 12/23/97

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