Stow, OH — Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools will host a series of assemblies featuring the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (NOPE) Task Force to educate middle and high-school students about the dangers of taking drugs on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Supported by Western Reserve Hospital, the NOPE Task Force presentations are designed to deliver the drug-free message in an emotionally impactful manner from several perspectives. First, from a professional who describes the interaction of drugs on the developing brain, then from a law enforcement official who has the grim task of making death notifications to distraught families and finally, from two family members who have suffered the loss of a loved one to a drug overdose.

"Drug overdoses continue to claim lives in our community, and we know now more than ever that our students need to understand just how destructive and devastating drug abuse can be," said Principal Jeffrey Hartmann, Stow-Munroe Falls High School. "We’re fortunate to live in a community where we have great support from organizations like Western Reserve Hospital to help bring these kinds of programs to our schools."

Throughout the presentation, real stories of students who have lost their lives to drugs and alcohol are shared to illustrate the education points and show the reality of the consequences that drug and alcohol abuse can cause. Following virtually every presentation, a number of students seek help, either for themselves or someone they know.

NOPE’s mission is to diminish the frequency and impact of overdose death through community education, family support and purposeful advocacy. Formed in 2004, the NOPE Task Force has been increasing awareness through multimedia and multimodal presentations.

The cornerstone of NOPE’s mission is the personal, high-impact presentation delivered to middle and high school students that leverage bystanders to call for help to save the lives of their peers.

There will be a parent forum on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Auditorium, located at 3227 Graham Road, to discuss the NOPE Task Force program. Parents who do not wish for their student to witness the NOPE Task Force presentation are asked to contact their student's grade-level principal.