Reality Tour anti-drug program to mark 15 years in Westmoreland County (

By Megan Tomasic, (Online Source) Officials across Westmoreland County are gearing up to celebrate 15 years of an anti-drug project that works to educate parents and children on the dangers of drug abuse. Reality Tour, which was founded by Butler County resident Norma Norris in 2003, has been active in Westmoreland County since 2007 … Read more

Helping Communities Take Care Of Their Own

A Taste of Pittsburgh Magazine Online Source. In 2000 when heroin made headlines in Butler, PA there weren’t any prevention programs to help parents. Since 2003 a grassroots parent/child interactive program called Reality Tour has filled that gap. You may have never heard of it because the small non-profit CANDLE, Inc. (Community Action for Drug-free … Read more

Karns City High School Football Team made history

By John Enrietto Eagle Sports Editor The Karns City High School football team made history Monday night (August 18) — and it had nothing to do with touchdowns or championships. The Gremlins became the first complete athletic team from Butler County to attend the Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program offered by non-profit organization CANDLE, Inc., … Read more

Lighthouse sheds cold light on drug use

Feb 22nd, 2014: Paso Robles Press ATASCADERO — Residents who have dedicated their lives to the well-being of children are giving them and their families a cold, hard look at the result of drug use March 2. Local anti-addiction organization, Lighthouse, will host two Reality Tours at the Colony Park Community Center on Sunday, March … Read more

BVA parents push for drug program

TribLive – Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 By Jeremy Sellew What began as a run-of-the-mill school board meeting quickly turned into a heart-wrenching plea from parents asking the district to do more to fight the growing drug epidemic throughout the community. After hearing about a school district plan to create its own drug summit proposal, a … Read more

Mt. Pleasant Reality Tour will be held Oct. 31

TRIBLIVE – Oct. 23, 2013 By A.J. Panian Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 9:01 p.m. The inaugural Mt. Pleasant Reality Tour on Oct. 31 will bring Westmoreland County to the forefront of one of America’s fastest-growing drug prevention initiatives, according to Norma Norris, executive director of CANDLE Inc., a Butler-based nonprofit which developed the event. … Read more

Murrysville man aims to start drug awareness program

Tribune-Review – February 21, 2013 By Mary Pickels A Murrysville man will hold a Reality Tour planning session at 6 p.m. Monday in an effort to activate the drug and alcohol awareness program in his community. Shannon Gazze attended a Reality Tour informational session Wednesday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse. He invited area residents to … Read more

No ‘reality’ spared in anti-drug drama at Seneca Valley

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – December 20, 2012 By Jill Cueni-Cohen The dramatic presentation opened with a casual conversation about how cool it is to do drugs but turned into a horrible night of consequences, including death from an overdose. The consequence is an example of what could happen to teens who get hooked on drugs. The … Read more

Reality Tour to raise local awareness about drug abuse

The Register-Herald – May 9, 2012 By C.V. Moore — OAK HILL — The Fayette County Family Resource Network (FRN) dispenses a dose of reality May 15, when they stage another Reality Tour to raise local awareness about drug abuse. The reality tour incorporates live re-enactments of peer pressure, arrest, imprisonment, emergency room trauma and … Read more