Worcester Goes Purple raises awareness of ‘fake pills’ over prescription drugs

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. — A new series of community town hall meetings called “A Pill Can Kill” will kick off in Worcester County next month and raise awareness about “fake pills.”

Worcester Goes Purple is driving this initiative.

They said young people who might be experimenting with what they think are Xanax, Adderall, Percocet and other drugs are being given “fake pills.” These pills are made by people using their own blend of ingredients. Fentanyl is a drug that is most widely used in the mixture. We are told that fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and as little as a few grains of salt will kill you.

During the town hall series, Worcester Goes Purple will explain to participants how young people get these ‘fake pills’ and what can be done to protect them.

“It doesn’t matter what I do if I can save a person, it’s so worth it,” said Debbie Smullen, chairman of Worcester Goes Purple. “And, I think education is key because if you don’t know, then if there’s nothing you can do about it, then it’s important to spread the word.”

There will be free Narcan training at each event.

Lt. Bob Trautman, Jr. of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office will join the meetings.

Registration is available online at: https://forms.gle/Dhxc8uFMd5EokAMY8. There will be a raffle for a set of custom made cornhole boards among all registered participants.

Community town halls are set for:

Monday, March 7, 2022 6:00 p.m. Pocomoke First Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 6:00 p.m. Old Fire House, Snow Hill

Thursday, March 10, 2022 6:00 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center

Monday, March 14, 2022 6:00 p.m. Buckingham Presbyterian Church, Berlin

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