Dorch­ester Goes Pur­ple

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By NATE NKUMBU nnkumbu@ches­

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 dorch­ester­goe­spur­ 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.

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