Operation Save A Life

Talbot Goes Purple this week announced Operation Save A Life, a new initiative that provides free overdose response kits for local businesses and organizations.

Talbot Goes Purple started in late 2016 as an initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary. The program focuses on substance use prevention and encourages the community to Go Purple throughout September, as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. Since its inception, more than half of the counties in Maryland also Go Purple, including Worcester County, on the Lower Shore.

This summer, Worcester Goes Purple and Warriors Against Addiction launched the innovative, life-saving campaign, ‘Operation Save A Life.’ The program involves mounting an overdose response kit at local businesses, in an effort at having the opioid overdose response medicine at every business across the county.

Talbot Goes Purple is bringing this initiative to Talbot County and seeks businesses, non-profits and other organizations who are interested in becoming partners. Partners will receive a small, unlocked, clear unit that mounts onto a wall that is easily accessible and visible. The box contains a dose of Narcan, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, along with necessary items like gloves.

To notify the public that a business or organization has this life-saving medication on hand, businesses receive small window cling for display.

Operation Save A Life partners are listed on the TGP website, mentioned on the TGP Facebook page, offered free on-site Narcan training and offered a free purple bulb and other TGP materials if desired.

To take part in Operation Save A Life, email talbotgoespurple@gmail.com.

Talbot Goes Purple is an awareness and educational prevention program that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. The initiative includes purple clubs in our middle and high schools through which students learn they do not need drugs or alcohol to meet life’s challenges. The purpose of the project is to promote the ‘new conversation’ – one that includes prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana and e-cigarettes.

The community can again display purple lights and gear starting Sept. 1 and throughout the month as a show of taking a stand against substance abuse.

For purple gear, visit our online store at www.TalbotGoesPurple.org. Get your lights on that website or at ED Supply in Easton – and turn them on starting Sept. 1 and throughout the month.

More information is available at www.talbotgoespurple.org. Find TGP on Facebook @TalbotGoesPurple or email talbotgoespurple@gmail.com.

Talbot Goes Purple is in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools and Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Generous support for the project this year includes: Easton Utilities, Spring & Associates, Forever Midshore 96,7 WCEI-FM and 94.3 WINX-FM (official media partner), VFW Post 5118, Attraction Magazine and Shore Home and Garden.

Talbot Goes Purple is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – donations to which are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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