News Release
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
(202) 307-7985

First-Ever Candlelight Vigil for “Lost Promises” Tonight

June 8 -- (Washington, D.C) The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host the first-ever Candlelight Vigil tonight at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, VA. The “Vigil for Lost Promise” will be a first of its kind remembrance – of those who have died from drugs, and the first of its kind of hope: hope and confidence that our work is shielding others from the great tragedy of drugs.

“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 is co-sponsored by CADCA, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Ginger Katz, President of the Courage to Speak Foundation, who will act as the Honorary Chairperson for the event. Eight families who have suffered the loss of a loved one to drugs will also attend the Vigil, representing all of those who have lost family members, friends and children.

For more information about the vigil please call DEA Public Affairs (202-307-7977) and log on to:

DATE: Thursday, June 8, 2006
TIME: 6:30 PM until 9 PM (Press should arrive no later than 6 PM)
LOCATION: 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 (Pentagon City Metro Exit)