Assemblies by the NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education) Task Force were presented to students at Stow-Munroe Falls High School and Kimpton Middle School on Oct. 11.
A program for parents took place that evening at SMFHS.
Supported by Western Reserve Hospital, the NOPE Task Force presentations stressed two main thoughts: "Just one time could kill you" and "Be a Hero -- Tell Someone."
"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."
NOPE was started in Florida in 2004. Speaking in Stow was a chapter from Pennsylvania.
Lining the stage were more than 25 almost life-size photos of young people who have died from accidental overdoses of heroin, prescription medicines and alcohol.
Kimpton students heard personal stories from a mother, a grandmother and a younger sister who were all affected by a family member's death from overdoses.
Ashley Seneco lost her older brother to an overdose on her 26th birthday. Listing names and circumstances of many young people who died of overdoses, she stressed "they did not want to die" and urged the students to understand that "one time can kill."
Beth Mingey of NOPE told the students, "This [problem] is in every community. We really hope you make good choices."