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Learn about the Good Samaritan Law.

Never leave anyone who needs help. Whether there's an overdose on alcohol or drugs, dial 911 and then WAIT FOR HELP. The Good Samaritan Law protects people who help from certain crimes. It does NOT protect people who leave!

Click Here for Information about the Good Samaritan Law

Washington County Health Department – Local Addictions Authority
Phone: 240-313-3310 

Washington County Mental Health Authority 
Phone: 301-739-2490 

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Washington Goes Purple is a substance misuse awareness campaign to educate our youth and community about the dangers of prescription painkillers. Did you know the CDC estimates that 75-82% of heroin users begin with prescription painkillers? It's time to start having the "new conversation" in our community- one that includes the dangers of prescription painkillers. 

How You, Your Business, or Your Organization Can Get Involved!

1. "Go Purple"- From August 31- September 30th- please light your buildings and homes up purple to show solidarity across the County. If you have a storefront, please consider purple light bulbs as well as WGP posters. For staff and friends, please do "purple Fridays" throughout the month of September. Make it fun! Challenge competing businesses to see who can be MORE PURPLE! We ask that if you are going to participate in any fashion you post on social media- tag us- hashtag #washingtongoespurple so we can share and promote you! This is just to show a huge community solidarity movement and give hope- much needed hope! 


2.- Attend the Events and participate! Please check out our Calendar page as well as social media. If you are planning a special at your business (drink, food special for example) during the times of our events, let us know! 

3. Volunteer- We are going to be attending several community events throughout the year and are having three major events throughout September. If you or your organization would be willing to volunteer- man the booths, host a fundraiser, pass out educational materials, set up booths- please click the "Volunteer" button and get involved! 


4.- Spread the word! We are live at and We will be starting a major marketing campaign so anything you can do to join in and spread the word is appreciated! If you or your organization plan on "going purple" and would like to do a marketing video on your page about why we will share! If your organization posts on social media, please hashtag #washingtongoespurple and tag us so we can share! We want each organization to make it their own. 


4. Donations- Washington Goes Purple is an ambitious and important project, and any financial support is greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate or have a fundraiser- all contributions are tax-deductible, made through our partner the Community Foundation of Washington County. When you click the link to donate on our website or Facebook, choose the "Washington Goes Purple" drop down or checks can be made to "Washington Goes Purple". If you’d like to offer in-kind support, please contact us at Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If you'd like to have a fundraiser- just let us know :-) 

The education and messaging will be the same- but the "purple" celebrations throughout September we want you to make your own! Have fun with it! Clue us in so we can help you promote! There is no right or wrong way to go purple! 

To schedule Narcan training or a drug take back event for your organization contact 240-313-3310 today!

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