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Talbot Goes Purple 2018
September 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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. Beginning September 1, join in the effort to eradicate the drug epidemic in our community.
During its first year, Talbot Goes Purple experienced tremendous enthusiasm and support from the community, explains Joe Gamble, Talbot County Sheriff, and Lucie Hughes, of the Tidewater Rotary.
Joe said, “We worked hard to educate our families on the path to addiction; we visited more than 150 community groups, business and churches; and we started Talbot Goes Purple clubs in both public high schools. Through those clubs, more than 40 of our high school students received training on Narcan, the life-saving opioid overdose reversal medication.”
Lucie adds, “We’ve made great strides and are doing a better job educating our kids about prescription pills, the path to addiction, the Good Samaritan Law and Narcan. We’re expanding our clubs into our public middle schools this year, and we’re once again going purple for the month of September.”
The community has continued to rally around the Talbot Goes Purple effort and Sheriff Gamble and Lucie hope community members join them again this year on this important prevention initiative. Joe said, “Overdose deaths continue to rise across the state, and we need to continue this conversation if we’re going to turn the tide on this deadly epidemic.”
To kick off the project, the public is invited to a ceremonial lighting at 7:30 p.m. on September 5 at the Talbot County Courthouse in Easton. Directly after the lighting, join Talbot Goes Purple, Recovery for Shore and Mariah’s Mission Fund for a walk of solidarity and support for recovery around the block. Everyone is asked to wear purple.
Also on September 5, join Talbot Goes Purple prior to the kick-off for this year’s first purple games at Easton High School. Both the 4 p.m. Junior Varsity soccer game and 5:30 p.m. Varsity soccer game are designated purple events – any student wearing purple gets in free. Those in attendance are encouraged to wear purple as a show of support for the students and the project.
Later in the month there will be an informational resource fair followed by the free community screening of the film “If Only.” The resource fair begins at 5:30 p.m. on September 25 at Easton High School and September 26 at St. Michaels Middle High School.
Join either venue starting at 5:30 p.m. for the informational resource fair followed by a free screening at 6:30 p.m. of the film with Jim Wahlberg. This short film is intended for teens, parents and adults to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse and to start a conversation that encourages the safe use, storage and disposal of prescription drugs to keep them out of the hands of kids.
Find more information at www.talbotgoespurple.org. An online store offers shirts, lights and other fun materials. All proceeds benefit the project. Talbot Goes Purple is in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools and Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Generous support for the project at the ‘purple’ level includes: Easton Utilities; Michael & Nancy Klein Foundation; Michael Marcell Memorial Fund; Preston Automotive Group/Safehouse/iFrog; Shore Bancshares; Star Democrat; St. John Foundation; University of Maryland Shore Regional Health and West and Callahan.
Take a stand against substance abuse
Have the ‘new conversation’ with your kids.
Lock up your prescription medications.
Properly dispose of unused medications.
Learn about the Good Samaritan Law.
Get trained on Naloxone/Narcan.
“Go Purple” starting on September 1.