Letter to Editor: The Importance of Purple in Talbot County

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Over the past few months, we’ve seen tremendous enthusiasm and support for Talbot Goes Purple, our substance abuse prevention initiative. We’ve visited more than 50 community groups across Talbot County, talking about the project and spreading awareness about the dangers of recreational use of prescription painkillers.

Our stark reality is that we’re in the middle of the deadliest drug epidemic in our history and much of it starts with improper use of prescription painkillers. We’ve got to start teaching our kids these bills are basically synthetic heroin and misuse WILL lead to heroin dependency.

The good news is that our community has rallied together for Talbot Goes Purple, with hundreds of people ready to stand up against substance abuse. Countless people have reached out asking how to get involved.

Here’s how you can join us as we stand up against substance abuse:

Have the ‘new conversation’ with your kids.
Learn about the Good Samaritan Law and tell your kids about it.
Get trained on Naloxone, a life-saving medicine that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
Share our educational messages on Facebook.
‘Go Purple’ with us on Sept. 1!

Talbot Goes Purple focuses on creating purple clubs in our high schools, through which our teens will learn they don’t need drugs or alcohol to meet life’s challenges. The project encourages our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.

Purple lights are available at ED Supply in Easton, and we hope everyone can display purple lights starting Sept. 1.

To kick off the project, we invite you to our ceremonial lighting at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Talbot County Courthouse. The following evening, Chris Herren speaks at a FREE event starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Easton High School.

You can find more information on our website, www.talbotgoespurple.org. We hope you all join us in this fight!

Joe Gamble, Talbot County Sheriff
Lucie Hughes, Tidewater Rotary

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