We have Gone Purple at Celeste to support Talbot Goes Purple, a movement to stand up against substance abuse. Talbot Goes Purple is an important project focusing on raising awareness of substance abuse, particularly opioids, in our area. It ambitiously engages the community, especially the youth, to stand against substance abuse by promoting education and awareness of the problem. The project includes the creation of purple clubs in our local high schools, teaching students that they do not need drugs or alcohol to meet the challenges life throws at them. It also encourages the “new conversation” between parents and teens that includes the message that prescription painkillers are not safe to use recreationally; 4 out of 5 people who use heroin started with recreation use of prescription painkillers!
In addition to spreading awareness and educating the community, Going Purple involves providing support for those struggling with addiction. Not only do we, as a community, wish to prevent individuals from starting down the path to addiction, but we want to help provide resources to treatment, including Crisis Hotline information, treatment centers, support groups, etc.
At Celeste, we are Going Purple to show our support for our community and to help this project continue. In the first three quarters of 2017, 1,501 people died from an opioid overdose. We as a community need to work together to prevent more lives from being lost.