“We’re in the middle of the deadliest drug epidemic in our history – and much of it starts with improper use of prescription painkillers. I believe we need to start teaching our kids these pills are basically synthetic heroin and WILL lead to heroin addiction.” – Joe Gamble, Talbot County Sheriff
Talbot Goes Purple is a program meant to engage the community and help youth stand up against substance abuse. Through the creation of purple clubs in our local high schools, students will learn that they don’t need drugs or alcohol. We encourage our community and youth to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign that they take a stand against substance abuse. Our community needs to start having a conversation about the abuse of prescription drugs. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and it is our goal to rid Talbot County of this issue. Talbot Goes Purple is a campaign where the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary team up with Talbot County Schools and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation to spread awareness of how dangerous it is to abuse prescription drugs.On September 19th and September 20th, former NBA basketball player Chris Herren will be running two in-school assemblies in addition to a community event at 7:00 p.m. on September 19th. Chris Herren nearly ruined his life with prescription drug abuse that slowly turned into a heroin addiction. Herren can speak firsthand about how awful drug abuse is and how dangerous it could be to your life. Herren has now been clean and sober for almost a decade and spreads his story to communities in need. We are looking forward to hearing and learning from his story. This September, Talbot Goes Purple and we hope that you can join in celebrating sobriety and solidarity against heroin use.