The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Free Collier joined forces to conduct the sixth annual Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education (N.O.P.E.) Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Cambier Park.
Communities throughout the country, including Collier County, gathered to remember those who have passed away due to substance abuse issues.
The CCSO Honor Guard helped to commence the ceremony and Cpl. Sylee Gibson sang the National Anthem. CCSO Chief of Operations Jim Bloom spoke about the dangers of substance abuse and how it impacts Collier County.
The event coincided with National Red Ribbon Week, a time set aside to educate students about drug and alcohol abuse.