What’s Happening Today – Sept. 12, 2018
Today on DelmarvaLife:
The opioid epidemic. It’s stolen lives, broken hearts, and ripped apart families. And it’s happening right here on Delmarva. Today, we’re talking about the support that’s in place to give those people who are suffering that chance to break free from the addiction that’s controlling their lives. We’ll share stories of people who lost it all, but rock bottom was just the beginning of a new life – a new life free from addiction. Today, DelmarvaLife joins the rest of the peninsula in going purple, to let everyone know we’re fighting back against this deadly epidemic, and our army is the strongest one out there.
We sit down with Bruce Ricketts of Seaford, Del. He’ll share his story of addiction, and try to give us a better understanding of the battle so many of our loved ones face every day.
Her job, her home, her family – Kim Jones of Middletown, Del. says she lost it all while she was addicted to crack and heroin. But today, she’s six and a half years strong into recovery. We’ll sit down with her as she shares her “rock bottom,” and how she was able to rise above it.
We’re also learning about the influx of community support on board to fight this epidemic. It’s not just one county, one event, one group – it’s all of Delmarva.
Peggy Geisler, the executive director of the Sussex County Health Coalition, and Sharon Harrington, who is on the board of that coalition, join us in Historic Studio D. They tell us about the impact the opioid epidemic has had in Sussex County and how important it is to raise awareness.
Sheriff Gamble joins us this afternoon, along with past president of the Tidewater Rotary Club, Lucie Hughes, to talk about how Talbot is going purple. The Purple in the Park event is Sat., Sept. 15, 1 pm – 4 pm at Kronsberg Park in Tilghman Island, Md.
Somerset Sheriff Ronnie Howard joins us today, along with Yvette Cross, the director of Somerset County Emergency Services, to talk about Somerset Rains Purple. Jimmy also hangs out with Ready Freddy!
As we told you earlier, Delmarva is fighting back against the opioid epidemic that is stealing lives and ripping families apart. And that fight includes every weapon and tool we can find – including faith. Reverend Carol Harris is with the Vine Community Project, and has worked tirelessly fighting the opioid epidemic in Kent County, Delaware.
Whether you’re an addict, family, or friend – this opioid epidemic doesn’t have to continue, lives do not have to be ruined, and you can win the fight.