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We Must Take Heroin and Opioid Addiction Head On

NOPE Task Force interviewed author Renée Hodges who described her nephew’s challenging journey from a recovery facility back into society.

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Pinellas County: Hundreds attend vigil for lives lost to drugs, alcohol abuse

NOPE Pinellas founders Laurie and Mark Serra created the organization to honor the lives of people like their son, Matthew, who died of an overdose at 28. They also made it their mission to work to help people change their lives for the better. “I don’

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A Letter from Beth Butler, Former Chapter Coordinator, NOPE of Hillsborough

Thankfully, our Chapter has flourished and reached more than 84,000 students in both middle and high schools in the Hillsborough County School district.

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Student Coalition Member on the Impact of NOPE

"High school students tend to joke around about drugs and/or use drugs to make themselves look "cool". So, my hope was that this presentation would show them that drugs are not to be messed around with."

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NOPE Supporter Discusses RX and Marijuana Abuse

Teresa Miller started the fact-based websites: and She tells us what lead her down the path to becoming an anti-drug advocate.

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Inside the Prescription Drug Epidemic Through the Experiences of a Neonatal Nurse

A Florida neonatal nurse details the impact of the prescription drug epidemic of the early 2010s and her efforts to fight it in a new book called STOPPNow.

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Saving Someone’s Sunshine: A Mother Turns To NOPE To Save Young Lives

Erin Guercio lost her daughter Sierra to a bad decision involving drugs. Now she does NOPE presentations in St. Lucie and Martin counties in Florida. She tells students to be brave and strong in resisting the temptation to try drugs.

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How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted To A Dangerous Drug?

That depends on many factors. All of our bodies are different, and there are many different drugs. Bottom line: don’t experiment or use dangerous drugs because trying the drug even once can be dangerous.

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Combating Sober Houses and Other Problematic Issues in Florida’s Drug Overdose Epidemic

Florida has become a medical vacation destination as parents send their adult children there for treatment. Result: a massive recovery industry has been created with little oversight – until now.

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Naloxone: A Tool -- Not Treatment -- In Saving Lives

The drug naloxone reverses overdoses, but it needs to be used as a tool -- not treatment – in saving lives, much like a defibrillator for the heart attack victim. We need more effective ways to save people from drug overdoses.

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