(August 5, 2021) Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester County Health Departments are  pleased to partner with each county’s Go Purple Substance Misuse Awareness  programs to host a Tri-County Go Purple Kick-Off Event at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on  August 21, 2021 during a Delmarva Shorebirds game against the Fredericksburg  Nationals. The game will start at 7:05 p.m. with pregame activities taking place at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow this event. 

This family-friendly event kicks off Go Purple initiatives for all three counties that focus  on spreading awareness about substance misuse and recovery through the end of  September which is National Recovery Month. Resources available during the event  include educational materials, Naloxone trainings, and purple-themed giveaways which  will help spark conversations around substance misuse. “These conversations not only  help educate our community, but also assist in reducing the stigma surrounding  addiction, which is so important,” says Wicomico County Opioid Coordinator and  Wicomico Goes Purple Co-Chair, Christina Bowie-Simpson.  

In 2019, 70 residents in the Tri-County region lost their lives to drug and alcohol related  deaths, and in January-September 2020, the same region already lost 67 lives with three  months still left in the year. These devastating statistics illustrate the increasing need  for this project throughout our region.  

Additionally, COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at this event. Pfizer and Moderna  vaccines will be available for those who wish to get vaccinated.  

Special thanks to Worcester County and the Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance  Program (LSHIAP) – Maryland Health Connection (MHC) for sponsoring the fireworks at  this important event which is supported by the Health Resources and Services  Administration (HRSA).

For more information please contact Christina-Bowie-Simpson, Wicomico County Opioid  Coordinator and Go Purple Co-Chair at christina.bowie@maryland.gov or (443)-977- 7994. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, help is  available. Please visit somersethealth.org, wicomicohealth.org or worcesterhealth.org  for more information and resources.  

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