Wicomico Goes Purple plans Overdose Awareness Day event

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. –

Wicomico County is gearing up for Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. As part of their campaign “Wicomico Goes Purple,” they will be having an event next Tuesday at Winterplace Park.

It’s the third year of their annual substance misuse awareness campaign. The project aims to educate the community on the dangers of substance misuse.

“We want to help the community understand that this epidemic affects each and every one of us, some just more than others, and let people know that education and resources are available,” says Lori Brewster, Wicomico County Health Officer.

Health officials say in 2019, 41 lives were lost to overdose in just Wicomico County. They hope events like the one planned on the 31st will help those who may be struggling and support those on a path to recovery.

Wicomico County Opioid Coordinator Christina Bowie-Simpson says, “We will have individuals out sharing testimonies, there will be vendors out as well, so providing local resources. We’ll have a candlelight ceremony, so we can actually take time to remember those who have lost their lives to overdose.”

The overdose awareness day event will be from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at Winterplace Park in Salisbury. Even though it’s technically the last day of August, it’s just one of many go purple events planned for the month of September.

Wicomico Goes Purple is hosting a Toiletry Drive from September 1 – September 30. They are collecting toiletries to donate to local area agencies and individuals. The preference is sample and travel sizes, but everything must be alcohol free products. You can drop off donations at the following locations:

– Wicomico County Tourism Welcome Center Daily 9AM-5PM
– Civic Center Box Office M-F 9AM-3PM
– Government Office Building M-F 9AM-3PM
– United Way of the Eastern Shore M-F 9AM-4PM
– Asbury Methodist Church M-F 8:30AM-4PM

Wicomico Goes Purple is also holding a downtown Salisbury decorating contest. Winners will be announced at Third Friday on September 17.

The final event of the month is A Night of Hope, which will be held September 30 at the Salisbury Amphitheatre from 6PM-7:30PM.

If you or someone you know is looking for help with substance misuse, click here to find out about resources available.

Categories: Local News, Maryland, Opioid Crisis