Substance Abuse Vigil

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By: Emily Johnson
October 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The first Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Educations candlelight vigil took place in Tallahassee Thursday night at Lake Ella park. It was all to honor loved ones who have lost their battle with drug addiction.

For Bill Tice the message hits home because he lost his son to drug addiction 14 months ago. "Basically it's all I've got to give to him anymore. Keeping his memory alive ad part of that is getting the message out there."

Tice has been speaking at events that deal with drug addiction and he doesn't want another family to go through what his family is going through. Tice says all he has left is the memory of his son and that they will meet again one day. "I don't know what happened to him those last few days that made him go back out again. I probably will never know until I go to meet him again," said Tice.

The Responsible Decision Making Coalition (RDMC) was that organization who hosted the vigil. For Chairman, Bruce Grant, the vigil is all about raising awareness of drug addiction and the effects it can have on a person. "If you've ever met anyone who's struggled with addiction you know how strong the pull is and it's hard wired in their brain," said Grant.

For people who have been caught using drugs and facing a felony charge they can get help through the drug court program. "The added incentive that if they graduate from the program that felony case that they're facing is dismissed, so it's a win-win," said Judge Ronald Flury of Leon County.

The vigil was also held during Red Ribbon week. which is an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October within the United States.

By: Bailey Myers
October 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tonight, people throughout the state of Florida are remembering those lost to substance abuse with a candlelight vigil. The event begins at 7 at Lake Ella.

Guest speakers, support groups, and loved ones of those who have passed due to substance abuse will be at Lake Ella tonight to remember, and learn more about this problem. Support groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) , and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will be setting up here at the peninsula on Lake Ella.

Claude Shipley, Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE): "They are then able to have a night of honor to those who they lost. Also it's an educational for those who have interest of finding out what the problem is with addiction or overdose with drugs and alcohol."

Everyone is welcome to come and participate in the awareness event.


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