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Mid Shore Goes Purple

The purpose of The Mid-Shore is Going Purple Together is to demonstrate that the mid-shore stands united against substance misuse, abuse, and overdose. Together, we can educate our community about substance use prevention and available resources. Together, we will save lives, because we know that help is available and recovery is possible!

What is "Goes Purple?"

Project Purple started as an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, started to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices. THP Project Purple has since been retired, along with the color purple, and has rebranded.

Talbot Goes Purple (TGP) started in late 2016 with Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, and is in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools, Saints Peter and Paul Schools and Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The movement has since spread to more than half of the counties within Maryland.

Talbot Goes Purple is a substance use prevention initiative that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ in September, as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse. TGP was recognized in 2018 as a promising practice by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center.

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See you next year in Kent County on the last Saturday in September!

Thank you to the town of Cambridge for hosting us and to the over 200 mid-shore community members that came out to Go Purple Together! We also want to thank all of our amazing staff, volunteers, and vendors for making the event such a great success.

We had a blast spending time in the community celebrating recovery, sharing behavioral health resources, and decreasing stigma through our creative exhibits. Check out more highlights from the event across our various social media platforms. in September!

This year we honored our peers in recovery with an interactive exhibit. Prior to the event we asked for people in recovery across the mid-shore to answer two questions. We displayed the submissions at the event and had peer recovery specialists nearby to answer questions and help guide people through.
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