Rockville Goes Purple

Academy-Award Winning Director To Discuss HBO Documentary, “The Crime Of The Century”

Saturday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.

The City of Rockville will host an exclusive virtual conversation about the HBO documentary, “The Crime of the Century,”with Emmy- and Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney. The discussion, featuring a Q&A, will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. The event is free and open to the public.  The two-part HBO documentary film, “The Crime of the Century,” is available on HBO and HBO MAX. 

Ways to Watch

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The Crisis

The opioid crisis a national public health emergency. Rockville Goes Purple is an awareness campaign alongside our county and state partners that seeks to shine the spotlight on the impact of opioid addiction and educate our community about the epidemic.

In 2018, the Mayor and Council formally joined other state and local jurisdictions to take legal action against drug manufacturers and distributors for their role in the nationwide opioid crisis.

According to the Opioid Operational Command Center and Maryland Department of Health’s 2020 Annual Report on the crisis in Maryland, opioids were involved in 90.1% of all overdose deaths in 2020, a higher annual proportion than at any other time. The state saw 499 opioid-related fatalities last year, an increase of 18.7% from 2019.

In 2020, Rockville city police responded to 23 reports of heroin or opioid overdoses, an 8% decrease from 2019, and nine reports of heroin or opioid possession, a 47% decrease, according to the department’s annual crime report.

Let’s Talk About It

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Opioids: Let’s Talk About It,” which encourages dialogue about, and openness around, the problems of opioid addiction, and awareness about the dangers of stigmatizing addiction.

Mayor and Council at their Monday, Aug. 2 meeting, proclaimed September as National Recovery Month.

Lights at City Hall, the Rockville City Police Department headquarters and other city and county facilities will once again shine purple throughout the month.

2021 Events 

The Mayor and Council will gather outside City Hall with elected and appointed leaders from across the region, Monday, Sept. 13, to remember lives lost to opioid addiction.

The program will begin at 5:45 p.m. and feature a keynote address by Montgomery County Circuit Court Associate Judge Debra L. Dwyer. Information and resources tables will offer assistance from local organizations, starting at 5 p.m.

Local artist Suzanne Firstenberg’s opioid-related exhibit will return to City Hall, 111 Maryland Ave.

A panel discussion with five experts from a range of local organizations is airing on Rockville 11, who provide a wealth of knowledge about the prevention, education and support for opioid addiction.  

Other events will include a drug take-back day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Rockville City Police Department, and virtual trainings in the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan, noon, Tuesday, Sept. 14 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Register here.

How to Get Help

If you know someone fighting addiction, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services offers a 24-hour crisis center. It provides walk-in crisis services at 1301 Piccard Drive, in Rockville, and telephone crisis services at 240-777-4000. Visit the DHHS website for additional county-related resources, including substance-abuse screening and referrals, take-back locations for safely disposing of prescription drugs, and free Narcan training.

City of Rockville, Community Services Division

Education, information and referral 


Education, information and referral

Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Juvenile Assessment Center

Substance abuse screening for children and adolescents

Behavioral Health and Crisis Services Montgomery County Behavioral Health Authority

BtheOne (Suicide and SUD Prevention) KnowtheRisk (Opioid Awareness) Narcan Kits (rapid training), and various other educational information for programs

Mental Health/Substance Abuse Screening and Referral Program (ACCESS) Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Screening and referral for low income adults

Avery Road Treatment Center Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Resident addiction treatment for low income residents

Montgomery County Circuit Court Adult Drug Court

Ashley Treatment Center

Inpatient and outpatient, adolescents and adults

Sandstone Care 

Intensive Outpatient for adolescents and young adults Second Chance Addiction Care 

Intensive outpatient, outpatient for adults

Suburban Hospital Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services Outpatient Behavioral Health Services 

Outpatient for adolescents and adults

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Addiction and Mental Health Center 

Inpatient and outpatient for adolescents and adults