Islip is going purple on Sept. 26 in an effort to raise awareness of the ongoing opioid and heroin crises, and to support victims, it was announced this week.

September is National Recovery Month.

Islip Town officials will be setting the tone that Thursday by lighting up the Town Hall cupola purple. There’s a special lighting ceremony beginning at 4 p.m. outside Town Hall, which is at 655 Main Street.

The cupola will turn purple at 4:30 p.m.

Also on Sept. 26, businesses and merchants along Main Street in the hamlet will “Go Purple” as well by illuminating storefronts with purple lights.

And Main Street will be adorning with purple banners as “a sign of solidarity, that the Islip Community stands together in memory of lives lost, those in recovery, those struggling and the Islip families affected,” reads an announcement.

This year’s National Recovery Month theme is: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.” 

Islip’s efforts are coming in partnership with the Jake K. Foundation. Click here to learn more.

Within the town’s government, there’s been an Islip Opioid Task Force that was assembled in 2018 to address this issue locally.

Sept. 26 will mark an inaugural event that will kickoff a town-wide, month-long awareness campaign in September 2020, officials said.