ESHC joins Dorchester Goes Purple

The Eastern Shore Hospital Center's main entrance displays purple lights.

The Eastern Shore Hospital Center’s main entrance displays purple lights.

CAMBRIDGE — The Eastern Shore Hospital Center has joined other local organizations and employers to bring awareness of the growing opioid abuse crisis faced by individuals, families, health care providers, and law enforcement on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

By lighting the facility and campus with purple hues, symbolizing the struggle taking place across the nation, they’re showing support of this important community-wide effort.

There have been several fatal and even more non-fatal overdoses so far this year in Dorchester. But, while drug abuse continues, so does hope.

Dorchester Goes Purple — Awareness Starts at Home is a community-based program to increase awareness of the drug addiction and opioid crisis that is tightening its grip on our society. The Dorchester County program joins together with the efforts of Talbot, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Caroline counties.

The tag line for this program is “Awareness Starts at Home.” Home can take on several meanings. For purposes of this project, home may be the literal meaning of the structure in which one lives or a more general reference to a town or community.

In the case of the Maryland Department of Health’s Eastern Shore Hospital Center, we are a facility that cares. The Eastern Shore Hospital Center is an acute care psychiatric facility and serves the residents of the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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