Lynn lights up the night to remember those lost to and suffering from addiction

N.O.P.E. National Candle Light Vigil is free and open to the public
Lynn lights up the night to remember those lost to and suffering from addiction The 2008 N.O.P.E. national candle light vigil at Lynn

Published Oct. 21, 2009

On Thursday, Oct. 29, Lynn University is hosting the third annual Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (N.O.P.E.) National Candle Light Vigil in the Green Center on campus at 6:30 p.m. At the event, students, staff, faculty and members of the Palm Beach County community, will remember those lost to drug and alcohol related incidents and those suffering from the disease of addiction. The night’s ceremony will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception in the Perper Plaza, which is adjacent to the university’s student center.

Lynn University, the event headquarters, joins 38 sites across the nation for the simultaneous candle lighting. “By hosting the N.O.P.E. Candle Light Vigil, we demonstrate that the Lynn community has partnered with likeminded government officials, drug prevention professionals and impacted citizens to get this critical warning to our students,” said Gary Martin, associate dean for student life.

Bill Janes, the Director of Florida Office of Drug Control, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Attendees who have lost friends and family members to drug-related deaths will be acknowledged and others will recognize the significance and long lasting consequences of this unrecognized national epidemic. In addition, there will be a memory wall on campus, where those affected by addiction can share their stories.