Joe Gamble

Joe Gamble

We should be encouraged by the progress we are making. Prescription opioid overdoses dropped in 2018, people are hearing the message about proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs. Our children are learning about the Good Samaritan Law.

However, there is much to still accomplish.

We are seeing a staggering rise in the use of vaping and increases in the use of marijuana among our teens. These increases are of great concern.

We need to continue to educate our families about recent trends, including the increase in fentanyl deaths locally and nationwide.

Take time this September to talk to your children about the articles and stories that will again be appearing in the Star Democrat, on our Facebook page and on our website at

Studies show that children with parents who talk regularly with their them are less likely to become addicted later in life.

We are excited about the new school year and the opportunities we have to educate our children, parents and grandparents.

About a dozen counties in Maryland are “Going Purple” with us this year. Your efforts to get our educational messaging out is impacting our community.

We won’t make a difference without your continued support. Thanks for “Going Purple” with us!

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