Washington Goes Purple is a substance abuse awareness program that will engage our community and youth to stand against substance abuse. Ninety-one people die every day from heroin or prescription painkiller overdoes.
Painkillers are synthetic heroin. It's time to have "the new conversation" with our kids about prescription painkillers.
- 6 percent of 12th graders report using narcotic drugs, among the most dangerous of prescription medications 14 percent of 12th graders report using one or more of these prescription drugs —narcotics, sedatives, tranquilizers, and/or amphetamines
- 3 percent of 10th graders report using the narcotic pain reliever OxyContin
- 18 percent of high school students report taking a prescription drug without a prescription
- Most teens report getting prescription medications from friends or relatives Teens today perceive fewer risks associated with misusing or abusing prescription stimulants than did their peers in 2009
All contributions are tax-deductible, made through our partner the Community Foundation of Washington County: www.washingtongoespurple.com
When you click the link to donate, choose the "Washington Goes Purple" drop down. If you’d like to offer in-kind support, please contact us. Washington Goes Purple is an ambitious and important project, and your support is greatly appreciated.
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!
If you know someone using or abusing heroin, call 240-313-3310 for free Narcan training.
“Most opioid addictions begin with the use and abuse of prescription opioids. Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Percocet and Vicodin are all synthetic opioids and should be monitored closely when prescribed and used only for a very short time. There is no set time for how long it takes for the body to transition from drug dependence to opiate addiction, but the longer and more you use opiates, the faster addiction will occur.
"Please be responsible and consult with your physician when using these prescriptions. Overdose deaths in Washington County far exceed the number of deaths by motor vehicle crashes and homicides combined.”
-Sheriff Doug Mullendore, Washington County Sheriff's Department