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12-245 Save The Date: Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) And The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Host Fourth Annual Candlelight Vigil

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Investigative Operations Bureau
-Narcotics Division
-Pinellas Countywide Diversion Task Force

Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE)
Coordinator Laurie Serra

Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (NOPE) and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office are set to host the fourth annual national candlelight vigil to remember those who have died as a result of drug and alcohol related overdose.

The candlelight vigil is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.

The event will take place at Largo Central Park, located at 105 Central Park Drive in Largo.

A candlelight vigil event is being held to remember those who have died in Pinellas County from drug and alcohol related abuse. The event will also recognize those still suffering from the disease today.

The vigil will bring together a wide range of groups from the religious, government, and private sectors of the community. Pinellas County School students will also be in attendance.

Attendees will hear the personal stories from the  families of those who have lost loved ones to drug overdose.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri is among the scheduled speakers; as are City of Largo Mayor Pat Gerard, the Honorable Dee Anna Farnell, Circuit Judge, 6th Judicial Circuit, and Robin Wikle, Pinellas County School Board Chariman.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the vigil, or to add your story and video to the memorial wall, contact Laurie Serra at 727-424-6906, email , or follow the link to the NOPE website at

The event is being hosted by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and Operation PAR in partnership with the LiveFree Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County (, among many other community partners.

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