Posted by on September 4, 2021 1:56 am

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schuylkill county courthouse lit up purple to recognize national recovery month 2021

Schuylkill County Courthouse will be awash in purple light through the month of September to honor National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness.

On Wednesday, Schuylkill County Commissioners Boots Hetherington, George Halcovage, and Gary Hess officially proclaimed September Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in Schuylkill County.

At night, passersby of the Courthouse in Pottsville will see the south and east faces of the building drenched in a purple light.

the east face of schuylkill county courthouse lit up purple in honor of national recovery month

Overdoses is an issue that hits home for many families in Schuylkill County. It’s hard to find someone here who hasn’t been affected by drug addiction in some way, either themselves, a family member, or friend.

According to the 2021 County Health Rankings, between 2017-2019 there were 145 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 people in Schuylkill County.

There are plenty of places in Schuylkill County to get help for addiction and preventing overdose.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has several places to start looking for help. Anyone can call them directly at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or by visiting

You can find treatment centers by looking here.

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2 responses to Schuylkill County Courthouse Lit Up Purple to Recognize National Recovery Month, Suicide Awareness

  1. PTFloridians September 5th, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    So, more people have died from drug overdoses,than COVID-19…?…here in Schuylkill County…


  2. PTFloridians September 5th, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    …since April 1st of 2020, 421 people died from COVID-19 (or so they say), here in Schuylkill County…421 TOTAL, in a year and a half.
    On any day, nobody really cares or stops to consider the mortality rate of drug overdoses…simply put, it’s a much larger problem than the shiny thing, over here…


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