Go Purple this Month in Solidarity Against Substance Abuse


Talbot Goes Purple is celebrating national ‘Go Purple’ week this month with educational events and student-led activities that help our youth take a stand against substance abuse.

The national observance is part of The Herren Project’s Project Purple initiative, on which Talbot Goes Purple is based. As part of Talbot Goes Purple, Easton and St. Michaels high schools have clubs comprised of students who have pledged to take a stand against substance abuse. The student-focused clubs help the kids learn they don’t need drugs or alcohol to meet life’s challenges.

“Since school started the students have really embraced Talbot Goes Purple, while the community support has been remarkable,” said Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble. “This is a long-term prevention initiative and we’re continuing to spread our educational and awareness messages, while working on our plan for going purple again in September.”

Go Purple week for Talbot County runs Jan. 21-Jan. 27 and provides opportunities for students and communities to take a stand against substance abuse. Anyone who wants to show support can again display purple lights and/or gear during purple week.

Several school-based events are planned for Go Purple week, in both Easton and St. Michaels middle and high schools, including student-led contests, purple-themed sports events and other activities.

Kirsten Moore, community health educator with the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office, will have educational materials, games and prizes set up during lunch at local schools during the week. TGP club members will help man the tables.

Moore also has scheduled Narcan training with the Talbot Goes Purple student club at St. Michael’s High School. Easton’s TGP club received the training last month. Narcan is a life-saving medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, yet has no abuse potential.

Go Purple week coincides with National Drug and Alcohol Facts week, a national observance that encourages community-based events between teens and experts to help ‘shatter the myths’ about drugs and drug use.

An initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Talbot Goes Purple empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.

More information on Talbot Goes Purple is available at www.talbotgoespurple.org. Find us on Facebook @TalbotGoesPurple or contact us at talbotgoespurple@gmail.com.

For more information on Narcan or to get trained, visit www.TalbotsGotHeart.org or call the Talbot County Health Department at 410-819-5600.

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