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Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (N.O.P.E.) And Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Host Third Annual National Candlelight Vigil

Release Number: 11-239

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

Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (N.O.P.E.)
Coordinator Laurie Serra

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

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

When: The candlelight vigil is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.

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, which will be held at Largo Central Park at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October, 27, 2011, will bring together of wide range of groups from the religious, government, and private sectors of the community. Pinellas County School students will be in attendance, as will the families of those who have lost loved ones to drugs abuse.

The event is free and open to the public. N.O.P.E. organizers anticipate as many as one- thousand people to be in attendance this year.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Bob Gualtieri is among the scheduled speakers.

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 N.O.P.E. 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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