Monthly Archives: October 2021

Saturday, Oct. 23, is DEA National Drug Take Back Day

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.

Clean out your cabinets and drawers and bring your expired, leftover, or unused prescriptions to a participating DEA Take Back Day location near you on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The last Take Back Day in April resulted in 7,885 lbs of prescription drugs collected at a total of 73 South Carolina participation sites.

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Honoring Hispanic Americans Who Have Made a Difference in the Environment and Public Health

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.

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DHEC Recognizes National Fire Prevention Week; Home Safety Tips

As we near the end National Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, we wanted to highlight some important information.

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,” said Derrick 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.”

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DHEC Celebrates our State’s Midwives during National Midwifery Week, Oct. 3-9

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.   

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