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First-Ever Candlelight Vigil to Be Held for “Lost Promise”

FEB 15--(Washington, D.C) The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today the first-ever Candlelight Vigil to be held at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on June 8th, 2006 to 2,500 members gathered for the XVIth Forum of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

The “Vigil for Lost Promise” will be a first of its kind remembrance, and the first of its kind of hope: hope and confidence that our work is shielding others from the great tragedy of drugs. The DEA along with its partners will bring together those who have lost loved ones --and their promise-- to drug use and abuse.

“Every 20 minutes, drugs take another life in this country. Every 20 minutes, the dreams, promise, and talent of another American is snuffed out—leaving families and friends to suffer the darkness of grief,” said DEA Administrator Karen Tandy. "In honor of those lost and in support of those left behind, DEA illuminates the harsh reality of drugs and their tragic consequences. This vigil gives hope for an America without drugs.”

The “Vigil for Lost Promise” will bring together all the important stakeholders -- those who have lost loved ones and those involved in drug prevention, treatment, and education – so that they can unite and make progress together in fighting drug abuse.

The Vigil for Lost Promise will be co-sponsored by CADCA, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Partnership for a Drug Free America and other prevention organizations. Ginger Katz, President of the Courage to Speak Foundation, will act as the Honorary Chairperson for the event. Eight families who have suffered the loss of a loved one to drugs are also participating in planning the Vigil.  

For more information about the vigil, or to register for the event, please log on to: www.vigilforlostpromise.com

Vigil Partners:

Ginger Katz, Courage to Speak Foundation; Francine Haight, Ryan’s Cause; Don Hooton, Taylor Hooton Foundation; Kim and Marissa Manlove, parents of David Manlove; Kate Patton, Kelley Baker McEnery Foundation; David Pease, father of Dave and Casey Pease; Imelda Perez, sister of Irma Perez; The Surks Family, parents of Jason Surks. 

Drug Enforcement Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Partnership for a Drug Free America, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, National Families in Action, Drug Free Kids: America’s Challenge.