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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!

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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. 

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Our Initiative...with the help of the community. We can SUCCEED!

Promoting drug prevention for youth and fostering community involvement are important initiatives to address substance abuse issues. Here are some strategies that can help bring youth and communities together for effective drug prevention:

  • Education Programs:

    • Implement educational programs in schools and community centers to raise awareness about the dangers of drug abuse.

    • Offer workshops and seminars for parents, teachers, and community members on recognizing signs of drug use and prevention strategies.

  • Community Events:

    • Organize community events and activities that bring people together, fostering a sense of belonging and connection.

    • Use these events as opportunities to share information on drug prevention and provide resources.

  • Youth Engagement:

    • Involve young people in planning and implementing prevention programs. This gives them a sense of ownership and empowers them to make positive choices.

    • Establish youth-led initiatives and clubs focused on promoting a drug-free lifestyle.

  • Mentorship Programs:

    • Establish mentorship programs that pair experienced community members with youth. Positive role models can guide and support young individuals in making healthy decisions.

    • Encourage mentors to share personal experiences and provide guidance on avoiding substance abuse.

  • Communication Channels:

    • Create open communication channels between youth, parents, and community members. Encourage honest conversations about the challenges young people face and provide support.

    • Utilize social media platforms and other modern communication tools to reach a wider audience.

  • School-based Programs:

    • Implement school-based prevention programs that focus on life skills, coping mechanisms, and decision-making.

    • Incorporate drug prevention into the school curriculum, ensuring that students receive consistent education on the topic.

  • Media Campaigns:

    • Develop public awareness campaigns through various media channels to highlight the consequences of drug abuse and promote prevention.

    • Use success stories and positive messages to inspire and motivate individuals to make healthy choices.

  • Policy Advocacy:

    • Advocate for effective drug prevention policies at the local, state, and national levels.

    • Engage community members in advocating for policies that support prevention efforts and access to treatment.

By combining education, community engagement, and support services, communities can work together to prevent drug abuse among youth and create a healthier environment for everyone.

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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