Wicomico County preparing to “go purple”

WICOMICO CO., Md. – Wicomico County is gearing up to celebrate National Recovery Month through out the entire month of September.

The Wicomico County Health Department is kicking things off with a virtual Overdose Awareness Day. There will be a candlelight ceremony to remember those who have lost their battle with addiction as well as music, speakers and resources.

Additionally, Wicomico Goes Purple is hosting a move night at the Shorebirds as well as a month-long food drive to benefit local recovery houses. Officials say it’s more important than ever to facilitate conversations about addiction and recovery.

“What we’ve seen since the pandemic is an increase in overdoses in our community. That’s nationally as well as locally. I think everybody’s stress levels are up and I think that exacerbates issues. Getting treatment and recovery resources out to the community is vitally important,” says Stephanie Willey, the chair of Wicomico Goes Purple.

The Wicomico Public Library is also partnering by distributing purple light bulbs that people can put outside their homes.

The Wicomico County Health Department will post the information about the virtual August 31st event on their website.

If you need help with an addiction reach out to the Community Outreach Addictions Team (COAT) at 443-783-6875.

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