EASTON — Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble and Tidewater Rotary invite everyone to attend the kickoff events for Talbot Goes Purple on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Talbot Goes Purple is an awareness and educational prevention program that empowers youth and the community to “Go Purple” as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. The initiative includes purple clubs in 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.

This is year three for the initiative, and the community again can display purple lights and gear starting Sept. 1 and throughout the month as a show of taking a stand against substance abuse.

“We’ve made great progress having the ‘new conversation’ and educating our kids and families about the Good Samaritan Law and Narcan,” Gamble said. “Preliminary data for 2018 shows a decrease in opioid overdose deaths for the first time in 10 years, but we need to keep talking about drug use in our kids, including e-cigs, marijuana and alcohol.”

To kick off this year’s initiative, the public is invited to a trio of events on the evening of Sept. 4.

Last year, a Colorado-based company filmed a documentary on Talbot Goes Purple, titled “The American Opioid Crisis: Talbot Goes Purple.” The film will premiere Sept. 4 at the Avalon Theatre. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; the 45-minute film will start at 6:30 p.m. That event is free, with seating available on a first-come basis.

Immediately following the film, the community is invited to the kickoff and lighting ceremony, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Talbot County Courthouse.

Right after the ceremony, at about 8 p.m., join Talbot Goes Purple, Recovery for Shore and Mariah’s Mission Fund for a walk of solidarity and support for recovery. The walk will start at the courthouse, go up Goldsborough Street, down Harrison Street to Dover Street and conclude at the courthouse. Wearing purple is encouraged

For purple gear, visit the online store at www.TalbotGoesPurple.org. Get purple lights through the website or at ED Supply in Easton.

More information is available at www.tal botgoespurple.org, on Facebook @Talbot GoesPurple or by emailing talbotgoespur ple@gmail.com.

Talbot Goes Purple is in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

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