Somerset Co. plans Overdose Awareness Day event

Somerset Rains Purple


Somerset County is holding an Overdose Awareness Day event in Crisfield next week. The Somerset County Health Department is teaming up with Somerset Emergency Services to hold the event on August 31. They will have resources and materials on hand concerning both substance abuse and recovery services.

It’s all apart of their plans for Recovery Month, which is September. After more than a year of virtual events, officials hope this in-person event will get more help to those who need it. Officials want to show the community that prevention works, treatment is effective and you can recover from substance abuse. They say coming out to this event, is a great place to start.

“We’re going to have folks out there that care about recovery and care about your journey, and if you’re struggling and you can’t figure out how to start that process we have people there, trained professionals and family peer supports on site as well that could really start that journey with you,” says Jerred Johnson, Somerset County Emergency Services PIO.

There will also be the opportunity to get trained to use Narcan, that’s the life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of opioids. There will be free food, music and guest speakers. Adam Riggin from WCTG will be the evening’s emcee.

Organizers are asking everyone to wear purple to show their support and face coverings are encouraged. There will be an opportunity to light up the sky with floating lanterns, launched in memory of a loved one.

The event runs from 5PM to 7PM at the Crisfield City Dock.

For more details check out Somerset Rains Purple on Facebook. You can also call 410-651-3457.

Categories: Local News, Maryland, Opioid Crisis