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A drug prevention book written by a mother who lost her son to a drug overdose from the viewpoint of the family beagle, Sunny. It's a great learning tool for kids, parents, teachers, and others.

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Reviews from Professionals who Counsel Teens, About the Courage to Speak®Presentation

reviews from professionals

The following are quotes taken from the responses of professionals in the field of drug addiction, education and teen counseling.

“The Courage to Speak® presentation is unique because of the degree of emotion Ginger Katz brings to it. I have a strong sense of people walking out of there alerted. The program cuts through denial and can be a really important catalyst to help others take action.”

Dr. Thomas Kirk, Former CT State Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services

“What a wonderful contribution to our efforts to encourage youth to talk openly with their parents and mentors. You are to be commended for your courage and wisdom. The Courage To Speak program you have created is one step in the right direction.”

Barry R. McCaffrey, Former Director
Executive Office Of The President
Office of National Drug Control Policy

“With your partnership in CASA’s missions, we can make a major difference in our private schools and set a standard for the country. I hope you will join forces with us to help protect our teens from the scourge of addiction and substance abuse.”

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., President
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University

“Ginger gives 150 percent of herself. The fact that she shares her deepest emotions really grips people. It makes parents realized that her journey could be their journey if they don’t take action. It lets kids see how much a parent suffers when they lose their child. The Courage To Speak presentation has such an impact on these students. I’ve had many come up to me right afterwards and say that they will never do drugs again.”

Louise Simpson, CT State Representative
Tough Love, International

“I wish to extend our thanks to Ginger Katz who gave a powerful testimony relating to her personal experience with the effects of narcotics engulfing one’s own family. She has demonstrated the importance of sending the message to our community to get involved in reaching our youth.”

Mayor Rilling
Norwalk, CT

“Every parent and child should hear the Courage To Speak presentation. All too often, people are afraid or ashamed to speak about a problem. Breaking the code of silence, Ginger Katz has helped herself and probably so many people who have listened to her progam.”

David H. Ferris, Jr., Police Officer
New Canaan, CT

“I was Ian’s Housemaster at Norwalk High School. We knew he had a problem, but didn’t realize how severe it was. I watched the expressions on the faces of the young people as Ginger Katz spoke. Her impact on the students is extraordinary. She has helped so many realize they need to seek help.

Dewey Amos, Former Principal
Norwalk High School

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