7th Annual NOPE Candle Light Vigil

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Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE) Task Force

The 7th Annual NOPE Candle Light Vigil held in memory of those lost to substance abuse and those suffering from the disease of addiction will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM at Lake Ella.

It is held during Red Ribbon Week, which is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October within the United States.

Drug overdose deaths have become a rampant epidemic in our society. Many lives have been tragically destroyed or lost to substance abuse and the disease of addiction.

The NOPE Vigil strives to raise awareness and open the doors to recovery by eliminating the prejudice that has followed the disease of addiction -- a disease that shows no prejudice to any walk of life or background. With the removal of shame comes the hope for survival. Acceptance of the disease can be humbling to the soul, and, in turn, empowering to those in need to seek help.

There are three main goals for the awareness campaign. They all have the potential to increase the wellness of those living/working in

Leon and the surrounding counties:

1. Increase attendee’s knowledge on the disease of addiction.
2. Provide resources on where to get help for someone who is currently addicted.
3. Provide a place of healing and remembrance for those who have lost a loved one due to any type of drug-related incident.

By bringing awareness to the disease of addiction and reducing the stigma associated with it, NOPE believes that people will be more likely to seek help for their addiction, which will result in fewer overdose deaths. Through awareness, we can bring healing, hope and life.

Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE) Task Force Candle Light Vigil is sponsored by the Leon County Responsible Decision-Making Coalition.


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