Welcome to NOPE of Okeechobee County
In cities and towns across Okeechobee County, youths are using illicit drugs and abusing prescription pills.
In a survey of 72,797 middle and high school students, nearly 52 percent said they have used alcohol on at least one occasion in their lives, according to the 2010 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey. Another 24 percent indicated they tried marijuana. And 7 percent took prescription pain relievers to get high.
Presentations for Students
NOPE educates students in middle schools, high schools and colleges about the consequences of drug consumption. A network of community leaders goes into Orange County's more than 170 schools to deliver personal and blunt presentations, during which police officers explain the grim task of making death notifications to distraught families, and parents who lost children to drugs share their suffering.
Following most presentations, students seek help either for themselves or someone they know. Counselors are available to assist, and many teachers devote the remainder of the school day to further discussion.
To schedule a NOPE presentation in your school, click here.
Presentations for Parents
Frank talk about drugs should not end in schools.
NOPE offers similar presentations to parents so they know their children are often confronted about drugs on school bus stops, in school cafeterias, at movie theaters, at friends' homes, and on their computers. Counselors and community leaders explain the signs of drug usage and the best ways to speak with kids about drugs. Parents can ask questions and speak privately with the professionals.
The presentations are given at schools, community centers, religious halls, and living rooms of concerned parents.
To schedule a NOPE for Parents presentation, click here.