Talbot Goes Purple

EASTON — Talbot Goes Purple has scheduled a film screening plus panel of experts ready to answer questions related to substance use at a virtual Zoom event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The panel includes experts in fields related to substance use prevention, treatment and recovery, with questions and answers taken both prior to and during the event. Prior to the panel, the 28-minute film, “American Opioid Crisis: Talbot Goes Purple,” will air. Anyone can access the meeting – information is available at www.talbotgoespurple.org.

Tuesday’s virtual event is part of a series of activities and programs for year four of the substance abuse prevention initiative, a partnership between Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary. COVID-19 has posed unique challenges this year for many, including the TGP team and people struggling with drug dependencies.

“COVID has really caused some major setbacks among people with substance use disorder, and we’re committed to finding new ways to reach youth and families here in Talbot County,” said Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble, who is on Tuesday’s panel. The panel’s purpose is to provide resources and information as the pandemic rages on, affecting how local services are delivered, among other things.

The panelists for Tuesday are:

• James Carter, Peer Support Specialist, Talbot County Health Department Addiction Services.

• Kelly Coble, LCSW-C, Program Director, Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS); Program Director, Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care (BHIPP); Instructor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

• Katie Dilley, LCSW-C, Executive Director, Mid Shore Behavioral Health Inc.

Bethany DiPaula, PharmD, BCPP, FASH, MACS Consultant; Director of the University of Maryland Psychiatric Pharmacy Residency Program; Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

• Joe Gamble, Talbot County Sheriff.

• Julie Slivka, Family Peer Support Specialist, Maryland Coalition of Families.

• Beth Green Williams, Talbot County Health Department, Prevention Consultant and Talbot County Coordinator of the Mid-Shore Opioid Misuse Prevention Program (OMPP).

Anyone may submit questions during the panel, or ahead of time via talbotgoespurple@gmail.com.

The film also will screen at 6:30 p.m. each night, Tuesday through Sunday, on Talbot County’s public access channel, Mid-Shore Community Television. MCTV broadcasts on channel 15 on Easton Cable and channel 77 for Atlantic Broadband. MCTV is operated by the Avalon Foundation. Please note the film does include graphic depictions of drug use.

An additional virtual film event is planned for Sept. 22, along with a virtual Narcan training on Sept. 30, and a series of mobile take-back events across the county and throughout the month.

Subscribe for updates at www.talbotgoespurple.org. Lights also are available on the website and at E.D. Supply in Easton. Follow TGP on Facebook @TalbotGoesPurple. Send questions to 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.

Talbot Goes Purple is an initiative of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Saints Peter and Paul School and Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

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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