This is the final week of the monthlong Kent Goes Purple campaign. Throughout September, businesses have been lit up in purple lights and people have donned purple shirts and participated in events aimed at raising awareness of the opioid abuse epidemic that has cost so many lives throughout…

EASTON — University of Maryland Shore Regional Health team members wore purple Friday afternoon, Sept. 21 to show their support for the month-long observance of Shore Health Goes Purple.

CHESTERTOWN — As the monthlong Kent Goes Purple campaign continues to raise awareness of opioid addiction, this week we look at the daunting task of seeking treatment.

CHESTERTOWN — In seeking to raise awareness about the opioid abuse epidemic with the monthlong Kent Goes Purple campaign, we turn our eyes here to learning how to properly manage an opioid prescription, the signs of a growing dependency and the symptoms of full-blown addiction.

CHESTERTOWN — Washington College stands with Kent County by going purple in support of Kent Goes Purple from lighting and decorating sections of the campus purple to participating in the 5K Color Fun Run.

CHESTERTOWN — It’s an epidemic, insidious, relentless and widespread, so much so that officials at all levels of government have declared a state of emergency to combat the growing rate of heroin, opioid and fentanyl use.

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.

This special section of the Kent County News is focused on the Kent Goes Purple initiative, a substance abuse awareness program that will engage our community and youth to stand against substance abuse.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office presented a model teenager’s bedroom earlier this year during a meeting of the Local Drug and Alcohol Council.

More Information 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. The heroi…

Last year, 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.

Please educate your children on Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law, which protects people assisting in an emergency overdose situation from arrest and prosecution for certain crimes.