Dorchester Goes Purple
CAMBRIDGE — Community members came to Sailwinds Park for the Dorchester Goes Purple event Friday, Aug. 31.
The event saw live music, food and speeches about the dangers of opioid addiction as part of International Overdose Awareness Day.
Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley said Dorchester County is owning up its addiction issue.
“We are part of an epidemic that is going nationwide,
and we also want to be a part of the solution that brings awareness to the drug issue in Dorchester County and the city of Cambridge,” she said. “We don’t have an answer yet, and I wish I can give you that solution but there is no easy solution. Group togetherness can get things done and make people aware of the situation that they can maybe be aware of what’s going on in their household or family.
“Now it’s going to a wider community,” she said. “We are now saying hey, ‘it’s not just the mayor that it’s affecting, it’s others that’s it’s hurting.’”
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce President Bill Christopher said the county has been working on programs that help those suffering from opioid addiction, such as meetings and clinics that educate people on treatment and knowledge on how to combat dependency.
“There are lots of programs that help treat the problem, from things like law enforcement to thing to treat like treatment programs, recovery programs, education programs that are out there,” he said. “There’s a big disconnect and there’s a large portion of people that don’t know that it is indeed a problem. We’re really trying to get that word out that people fully understand that this can hit anybody.”
Another Dorchester Goes Purple event will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Portside Seafood Restaurant located on 201Trenton Street in Cambridge. The event is called the Family Tailgate For Recovery to celebrate recovery from opioids.
Besides these events, residents are encouraged to “go purple” by lighting their homes purple, and thinking of creative ways their workplace or business can show support and raise awareness.
The Dorchester Goes Purple has a website and a Facebook page where people can share stories, have a conversation with family about prescription drugs, prescription safety and get trained on how to use Narcan.
For more information about Dorchester Goes Purple, visit dorchestergoespurple.org or call at 410-228-3575.
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce President Bill Christopher speaks at the Dorchester Goes Purple at Sailwinds Park Friday, Aug. 31.