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NOPE Task Force: Vigils Raise Drug Overdose Awareness

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When an addict or alcoholic is living their life of abuse in the sublimity of relative ease and experiencing minimal consequences of their use, horrific realities are usually not brought to their immediate attention. Unfortunately, drug overdose symptoms are sometimes not seen until it is too late and the person has crossed the threshold from life to being near death or death itself. With the prevalence of prescription pain pill use skyrocketing among the nation’s youth, deadly combinations of other pharmaceutical medications, and all potentially imbibed with an alcohol chaser, drug overdose statistics continue to reflect a disparaging truth: people from all walks of life are not immune to OD’ing on just about any substance.

The Reality Of Addiction and Alcoholism

Fortunately, there are groups committed to raise awareness and to provide help, consolation, counsel, and direction for those who have lost a friend or loved one from a drug overdose death. The last few weeks of October, there will be nationwide candle light vigils to remember those people who lost their lives to overdose death. These vigils will be sponsored by the NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education) Task Force. NOPE is a non-profit organization formed in Palm Beach County, Florida, in 2004 to combat the illegal use or prescription drugs and narcotics, as well as other abused substances. NOPE Task Force is comprised of community leaders and concerned families working to save lives. Their mission is to diminish the frequency and impact of overdose death through community education, family support and purposeful advocacy.

Nope Candle Light Vigil

The NOPE National Candle Light Vigil brings communities together each year during Red Ribbon Week to remember those lost to and suffering from substance abuse in an effort to bring awareness to the consequences our nation faces with the illegal use of prescription and illicit drugs. It is imperative to bring to the public knowledge of what the potential harm is for a substance abuser. Usually those in denial of their own abuse or that of a loved one’s struggle precipitates a preventable overdose. Asking the right questions of a user or drinker is helpful in establishing facts associated with their use. If the situation warrants serious detox and inpatient treatment, then questions about the addiction treatment facility are also important.

Drug overdose is preventable. NOPE exists to communicate this truth and to be an advocate for those people who have lost someone to addiction or alcoholism. For more information on substance abuse or dependency, call 1-800-853-1614, 24/7. Help is never more than a phone call away, and a simple dial of a phone number may be the difference between life and death for you or a loved one. Do not wait until it is too late!

Join The Watershed Recovery Team at this years vigil!

NOPE candle light Vigil in Palm Beach County on October 25, 2012, at 6:30 pm.
Contact: Kristen Cantwell-
Gosman Amphitheatre at the Kravis Center

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