EASTON — Mid-Shore Overdose Awareness Day at Christ Church in Easton on Saturday, Aug. 31, offered information and support, with a side of conversation, live music and food.

September is National Recovery Month and Kent Goes Purple is encouraging Kent Countians to help raise awareness of opioid abuse, recovery and prevention by lighting up purple their businesses, homes, offices and churches.

WORTON — This year’s headlining event for the second annual Kent Goes Purple campaign to raise awareness of opioid addiction will be a community party in the park.

CHESTERTOWN — Kent Goes Purple, the substance abuse awareness and prevention initiative of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Chestertown Rotary Club, has already kicked off its 2019 series of events, with more in store throughout the month of September.

CHESTERTOWN — Kent County is going purple this month, drawing attention to the substance abuse epidemic that has the nation in its grip.

Those who are taking properly prescribed opioids can be at risk of overdose. Following the recommendations below can prevent an accidental overdose.

A doctor or dentist may want to prescribe an opioid for your child, perhaps after a sports injury or after wisdom teeth removal. While sometimes these medications are appropriate, it is important to ask questions, know the risks and get the facts.

Developmental assets are proven ways to help protect kids from engaging in risky behavior, such as drug use. Anyone can become an asset builder, and the more assets teens develop, the better choices they make.

Up until the late 1970s, heroin mostly included just heroin and opium alkaloids, and the presence of additional substances was uncommon. In the 1980s, caffeine, added because it vaporizes at a lower temperature than heroin when smoked, remained a common adulterant.

It takes a lot of courage to seek help for a child with a possible drug problem. The decision is often difficult and sometimes painful.

Two years ago, CNN and other news outlets reported a police officer in Ohio overdosed after brushing fentanyl off his uniform. The officer had encountered the powerful synthetic opiate during a drug arrest. Just that tiny amount sent the officer to a local hospital for an overdose.

Some parents find talking about drugs with their children difficult, but these discussions are critically important. Start talking when your child is young and keep talking as they grow older. And remember — a big part of talking is listening.

Did you know your teen can go online and get drugs, learn about getting high or find out what other kids are experiencing? According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, teens increasingly use secretive social media sites like Snapchat, where parents don’t lurk.