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Are you seeing PURPLE??? Do you know why?
Are you wondering what all the Purple around town is about?
2021 is the 7th annual celebration of Purple for Prevention week in the Quabbin Region! This year we are celebrating March 1st-6th.
Q-DRUG and the Quabbin Regional School District have sponsored Purple for Prevention in an effort to support our local youth making healthy substance free life choices.
We encourage all youth to make choices that will bring them closer each day to their goals and ambitions. The best way to reach their goals is by having the widest available options, and each time they choose to use addictive substances they are risking closing doors on their future. Being proud of their accomplishments, their goals, and themselves will help them to follow their dreams and reach their destiny.
Q-DRUG offers a “Proud to be Me”, substance free pledge to all middle and high school students. Not only do students pledge to be substance free, but they also pledge to encourage their peers to be substance free and healthy as well. Our youth do not need substances to be better, stronger, braver, or different in any way than exactly who they are. They should be proud of themselves!
We support our elementary school students with a pledge to be proud of themselves, and make healthy choices, and help their friends to be healthy and safe. While we do not discuss drugs and alcohol with younger students, these messages will follow them throughout their lives, and provide a framework of future choices.
We encourage the entire community to show their support to students making healthy and safe choices. We do this with purple ribbons, community support pledges, purple lights, and purple decorations throughout each of the communities of the Quabbin region. You are welcome to hang a purple ribbon, or community support pledge in your business, home, or organization. Pledges can be found on Facebook, and can be printed and hung up, or we would be happy to bring one to you. Any purple fabric can be used to create a purple ribbon, or we are happy to bring one to you!
Message us at email@example.com or on Facebook and one of our members will bring you a ribbon or a pledge.
Q-DRUG provides educational trainings and events to our communities. This year we will be showing “The First Day”, a film by Chris Herren regarding the challenges all of our youth face, and the choices they make. The film will be shown on Monday March 1 and Wednesday March 3rd at 7pm. Zoom links can be found on the Q-DRUG facebook page.
Q-DRUG works to reduce the stigma of substance use disorder, and those who live with this disease. The number one reason many people do not seek treatment for substance use disorder is due to the stigma and fear of being judged by family and friends.
We encourage everyone in our community to sign a community support pledge. In which businesses, organizations, and individuals pledge;
We will support and encourage our local youth in their efforts to make positive life choices, including to remain substance free.
We will support and encourage the breakdown of the stigma surrounding substance use disorder.
We will show compassion in how we think about, talk about, and treat people who struggle with substance use disorder — empowering them to seek treatment and a successful recovery.
We will support and encourage our local community and state leaders in their efforts to find working answers to the current substance abuse problems.
We encourage you to share our message, open the conversation with your family, friends and peers. Substance use disorder is a disease that affects all of us, and the best defense we have is reducing youth use, delaying first use (waiting to use all substances until the age of 21 has shown to drastically reduce substance use disorder, even for those with family history). Having open and honest conversations with a youth can and does make a difference in their future choices.
Standing Together to Reduce Youth Substance Use in the Quabbin Region.
As of February 18, individuals 65 and older and anyone over 16 with 2 or more of certain medical conditions can now make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Use this link (https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccinations-for-individuals-with-certain-medical-conditions) to determine if your medical conditions put you in the category of eligible for vaccination.
Because vaccine supply is VERY limited, it may take several weeks or more to schedule an appointment.
Use this link (https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/) to find a location and book your appointment. Check back frequently because the number of available appointments changes all day long. Additionally, due to high demand for vaccines, that website can be very slow. Don’t give up; keep trying. Also go to the town website (https://townofhardwick.com) for updated information as it comes in.
Individuals without access to the internet or who are unable to schedule their appointment online can call toll free 2-1-1 or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.
You will never be asked for a credit card number to make an appointment.
If you are signing up for a second dose, you must get the same vaccine brand as your first dose.
Keep wearing your masks! Stay safe!
In case of closures due to winter weather, vaccination locations will reach out to individuals with appointments to reschedule. If you cannot safely get to your appointment, you can reschedule. Reach out to your location with specific questions.