MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 23, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on April 23 at 2107 Grove Court. Approximately 400 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Dog River as a result of a bypass hose failure. MAWSS crews have made repairs and are taking further steps to prevent future overflows at this location.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Dog River for recreational purposes because of the overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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MCHD supports annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs

April 21, 2021

MCHD supports annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs

MOBILE, Ala. — With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20th annual Take Back Day is scheduled for April 24. At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. The DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.

With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement. According to the DEA, the Mobile Police Department will provide a drop-off location at its headquarters (2460 Government Street in Mobile). The Mobile County Sheriff’s Department will have drop-off locations at Costco (1450 Tingle Circle East in Mobile), Walgreens #15151 (5707 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile), CVS #4888 (4453 Old Shell Road in Mobile), Walgreens #10851 (6395 Airport Blvd. in Mobile), CVS #7671 (1401 Hillcrest Road in Mobile), and its South Side Location (5808 U.S. 90 in Theodore). Medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed. Learn more about the event at www.deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539.

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 20, 2021

Prichard reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer experienced two Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) on April 19. These occurred because of the outfall line of the waste-water treatment plant. One overflow was at the intersection of Chin Street and Butts Street. The other overflow was at 317 East Elm Street. The estimated volume lost in both events was less than 1,000 gallons. Prichard officials say there was not any raw sewage lost. The entire volume was non-potable water that flowed into a storm drain that empties into Three Mile Creek. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly. Area residents should take precautions when using Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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MCHD works with pharmacies to share warning of drug abuse

April 16, 2021

MCHD works with pharmacies to share warning of drug abuse

MOBILE, Alabama — In an effort to inform the public about the dangers of opioid abuse, the Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program is beginning an initiative to spread the message with a unique partnership with pharmacies. OD2A is providing the bags in which pharmacies place medications for their customers. In bold letters is “Opioids. Serious Addiction Can Start With A Simple Prescription.” Next are bullet points containing “misuse and abuse” information, as well as “actions you can take” regarding opioids. A telephone number to the OD2A program is included at the end.

“We wanted a campaign to get out the message of our overdose prevention program at MCHD,” said Veronica Mercadel, the program administrator. “The program is not just about opioids. It is about all substance abuse and overdose.”

Along with Mercadel, her team of John Richardson, Deirdre Johnson, Ashley Nicholson, and LaShundra McMillian worked with Pebbles King, the Bureau of Community and Nutrition Services director, and MCHD graphics specialist James Currie to complete the project.

“It is an impactful way to get the message out about prescription opioid abuse by putting our message on a pharmacy bag,” Currie said. “We have included misuse and abuse information and a call to action for the patient to help us stop the abuse of prescription medications. I have used this direct marketing approach many times in my career, and I know how impactful this component can be for a campaign.”

Signed up to give out the bags include locally owned medical drug dispensaries (Springhill Pharmacy, Medicap Mobile and Spanish Fort, Dawes Point Pharmacy, Royal Pharmacy, Rx Express Pharmacy, Deuel Drugs, Three Notch Pharmacy, Midtown Pharmacy, Saraland Pharmacy, Compound Pharmaceutical Technologies, Semmes Pharmacy, Saraland Pharmacy, McConaghy Drug Store), as well as Sam’s Club at 601 East I-65 Service Road in Mobile.

OD2A is funded by a grant through the Alabama Department of Public Health along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also partner with Project Thrive (Trauma Healing and Resiliency In the Wake of Violent Events), a program run by the Mobile Police Department’s Office of Strategic Initiatives.

OD2A focuses on the complex and changing nature of the drug overdose epidemic. It highlights the need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and cohesive public health approach. For more information on OD2A and the pharmacy bag project, call 251-554-2134.

Dauphin Island reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

April 16, 2021

Dauphin Island reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Dauphin Island Water, Sewer and Fire Protection Authority responded to several Sanitary Sewer Overflows on April 15. The cause was heavy rains that hit the area.

Location  Estimated Gallons  Receiving Water 
Hubert St. @ Cadillac Ave. 248 Dauphin Island Bay
1200 to 1300 blocks of Bienville Blvd. 1,780 Graveline Bay
702 Bienville Blvd. 4,620 Ground absorbed

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Dauphin Island Bay and Graveline Bay for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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