Prevention is an essential element in the battle against substance misuse and abuse. October 23 – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day – is an important opportunity to encourage the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs.
As Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) comes to a close, we at DHEC want to take this opportunity to honor achievements by Hispanic Americans Public Health, Environmental Affairs, and Healthcare Quality as well as celebrate the wonderful work they continue to do today.
DHEC’s Fire & Life Safety Section held a special fire extinguisher demonstration in conjunction with this year’s theme – “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!”
“Our presentation went over fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide, CO2, detectors, as well as utilizing a fire extinguisher to put out an ordinary combustible fire, which is trash, paper, ordinary things you would have in your house,” saidDerrick Jones of the Fire & Life Safety Section. “It’s always important to make sure that people understand how a fire occurs, how to prevent a fire, as well as how to evacuate for escape if a fire did occur as well.”
The first full week of October is observed as National Midwifery Week. This year, midwives across the country will be recognized and celebrated October 3-9.
National Midwifery Week was created by the American College of Nurse-Midwives to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care, and DHEC is participating in the observance. The agency licenses midwives in South Carolina.
There are currently 38 Licensed Midwives and nine Midwife Apprentices in the state, and they can be located using DHEC’s Find a Facility or Service map.
This year’s theme for National Midwifery Week is Midwives for Every Community.