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Gaithersburg Raises Awareness About Substance Use Prevention

To engage the community in how local government works, November is "Municipal Government Works Month” in Gaithersburg.
Post Date:11/06/2018 11:10 AM

To engage the community in how local government works, the Mayor and City Council issued a proclamation declaring November as "Municipal Government Works Month” in Gaithersburg during its meeting on November 5, 2018. The Maryland Municipal League (MML) encourages local municipalities to celebrate Municipal Government Works (MGW) Month in an effort to educate citizens about the role and function of government.

The City is also joining MML and other local municipalities in the “Go Purple” movement to raise awareness about substance use and the opioid crisis. “Go Purple” is an initiative of The Herren Project, a substance abuse prevention program designed to engage and educate young people about the dangers of substance use. The program empowers youth and the community to make positive and healthy life choices.

Gaithersburg is highlighting resource information and is exploring town hall opportunities to further engage and educate the community about the opioid crisis. The City will also promote the statewide “211” hotline number that connects people to important community services.

Throughout the month of November, the Mayor and City Council and staff will wear purple lapel pins and dress in purple on Wednesdays, the City’s logo will be temporarily changed to purple, and select City facilities will be illuminated with purple lighting at night. The City also encourages local businesses and residents to wear purple and adopt purple lighting for the month. Share how you are participating on social media using #MGWWednesday and #GoPurpleMML.

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