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Candlelight Vigil This reports on the Drug Enforcement Administration's "Candlelight Vigil for Lost Promise: Remembering Those Who Have Died From Drugs" with a personal message from the former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
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THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA)
Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia
June 8, 2006
The Candlelight Vigil for Lost Promise:
Who Have Died from Drugs
...with a personal message from
the former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
THE CANDLELIGHT VIGIL For Lost Promise
June 8, 2006
The Vigil was opened by MC Jim Vance, Anchorman, News 4, Washington, D.C. It was an emotional and successful gathering focusing public and media attention on lives lost due to drugs. === The ceremony was attended by hundreds of grieving parents and families, and officials involved in curbing drug use. School choirs were on hand. The "message" was evident. There was a Wall of Pictures of the deceased .There were faces of sons, daughters, and other family members who died from being addicted --- who lost their live due to substance abuse.
There were a number of distinguished speakers at the Vigil, one of of whom was Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the federal government's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She spoke about the rise and decline of cocaine use, and the abrupt change in the public's perception that it was safe, and not safe to use.
Many speakers told the story of their missing children and family members. Dr. Lonise Bias, mother of Len Bias, the basketball star at the University of Maryland, spoke of her son's loss twenty-years earlier to an overdose of cocaine. Len Bias was 22, at the time.
Dr. Bias has dedicated her life to providing leadership to concerned persons, government agencies, and civic groups in preventing substance abuse among young people. She reaches out, nationally, to the young and old with anti-drrug messages through public speaking, writing, and personal appearances on television..
The abrupt decline in the rate of cocaine use among 12th graders, dropped from nearly 13 percent to 5 percent in the late '80s and early '90s This may be attributed to intense media coverage of Len Bias' death due to cocaine use.The nation got the "message." The societal impact of substance abuse in America may be accessed at the LINKS page by visiting a series of of websites.
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