Kent County Courthouse to light up purple for September

The Kent County Courthouse is illuminated in purple as part of last year’s Kent Goes Purple initiative organized by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Chestertown Rotary Club to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic. The courthouse will likewise be lit all this month for the second annual Kent Goes Purple effort.

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.

Purple lights are in stock at JBK Hardware in Chestertown and Village Hardware in Rock Hall.

In a show of support of Kent Goes Purple and as a reminder to all about the dangers associated with substance abuse, the historic Kent County Courthouse will be lit up in purple throughout the month of September.

“The Courthouse is an ideal venue to set the tone and for continuing this important dialogue we need to have as a community to stand up to substance abuse,” said Andrew Meehan, president of the Kent County Bar Association and a member of the Kent Goes Purple Executive Committee. “The Kent County Bar Association is proud to support the important message of Kent Goes Purple. Every day our local attorneys represent and advocate for clients dealing with the gamut of consequences arising from the opioid crisis — from family members caring for children of addicts to give their lives a semblance of normalcy, to addicts themselves trying to navigate the criminal justice system and obtain treatment. Our local judges have also provided tremendous leadership on this issue.”

Judge John E. Nunn of the District Court for Kent County echoed those sentiments for himself and for Circuit Court Judge Harris Murphy.

“The use of heroin and other opiates continues to be a serious problem in our community. Judge Murphy and I support Kent Goes Purple and its efforts to raise awareness. We encourage this community to work together to be a part of the solution by getting the facts about the dangers and consequences of opioid abuse,” Nunn said.

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