QAC Goes Purple is a substance abuse awareness program that empowers our youth and our community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.
Starting Sept. 1 and continuing through the month, the community can display purple lights and wear purple gear to show support for the project.
Launched on the heels of a spate of overdoses across the county, QAC Goes Purple promotes awareness of the opioid epidemic. The project focuses on preventing the use of opioids through education and community support.
QAC Goes Purple is an initiative from the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff and Queen Anne’s County Drug-Free Coalition, in partnership with the Opioid Intervention Team/QAC Department of Health, Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, Queen Anne’s County Commissioners and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.
The project is based upon THP Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction.
Herren is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 at Kent Island High School in Stevensville. This event is free and open to the public - no registration required. In addition to the evening event, Herren is set to speak at two in-school assemblies that week. Those assemblies are closed to the public.
Please take a moment to complete the QAC Goes Purple Pre-Campaign Survey. The survey is being distributed to help the QAC Drug Free Coalition understand if their partnership efforts are effective to educate the public about ways to prevent and reduce opioid addiction in Queen Anne's County.
More information is available on the QAC Goes Purple website at www.QACGoesPurple.org.