City council discusses efforts to kick Hagerstown's opioid habit

Washington Goes Purple aims to educate

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - In the midst of a nationwide opioid epidemic, the Hagerstown City Council discussed an awareness program that aims to encourage the community and youth to stand up against substance abuse.

While reviewing efforts to take on the local opioid crisis, the city council talked about the Washington Goes Purple Program which invites parents and teachers to have a new conversation about the dangers of prescription painkillers.

With support from Washington County Public Schools, the program will help form school clubs so students can educate each other and advocate for clean, healthy lifestyles.

"We want to get in front of as many youth and parents and community members to educate them about the dangers of prescription drugs, the Good Samaritan Law and the importance of cleaning out your cabinets," said Vicki Sterling of the Washington County Health Department.

The official kickoff is August 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the City Park band shell.

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