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 October 22nd, 2010  
NOPE will light up the night Thursday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m., at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office to remember those lost to (or suffering from) drug addiction, Sheriff Mascara announces, public invited
 
The public is invited to the fourth annual candle light vigil of NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education) at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in Fort Pierce, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"NOPE, which is based in Palm Beach County, wants everyone to be aware of the lives needlessly lost to drug and alcohol addiction, and to be aware of those suffering from addiction," Sheriff Mascara said. "We invite the public to join us, particularly those who have friends or family members who are suffering from addiction or those who have family members or friends who have lost their lives due to addiction."

Speaking at the vigil will be Ann and Bruce Kinkade of Port St. Lucie, whose daughter, Jaclyn, died of an accidental drug overdose in July after becoming addicted to the powerful painkiller, oxycodone.

Also speaking at the candle light vigil will be St. Lucie County Fire District Firefighter Paramedic Albert Votinelli.

The St. Lucie County Sheriffs Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce,  will be the site of the fourth annual NOPE Task Force Candle Light Vigil. Here is a link to a locator map:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp=&source=s_q&amp=&hl=en&amp=&geocode=&amp=&q=4700 W Midway Rd, ort Pierce, FL 34981&amp=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&amp=&sspn=30.599615,55.283203&amp=&ie=UTF8&amp=&ll=27.376093,-80.373015&amp=&spn=0.008365,0.013497&amp=&z=16&amp=&iwloc=A

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 24,000 drug-related deaths nationwide each year.

NOPE Task Force Executive Director Karen Perry said: "Many lives have been tragically destroyed or lost to the disease of addiction. Too often, this disease is perceived as deserved and shameful, leaving families and friends to grieve in silence or an addict alone to struggle to recover. Only through awareness and openness we can eliminate the prejudice that has followed the disease of addiction."

The key to drug prevention is community awareness. "The misuses of alcohol and illicit drugs are well documented, but few realize the immediate and long-lasting consequences from even a minor miscalculation with prescription drugs," said Ms. Perry.
 
More information about NOPE or the Candle Light Vigil is available at www.nopetaskforce.org or by calling NOPE 561- 478-1055.

About the NOPE Task Force:

The NOPE Task Force is a non-profit 501c-3 organization based in West Palm Beach providing prevention and educational presentations and forums for schools and communities regarding the dangers of drug use and the deadly consequences of one wrong decision.

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