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Citing spike in weed usage among students, Palm Springs Unified wants to place focus on more counseling and prevention

2019-10-23T15:31:46-04:00

By Joseph Hong | Citing a report that showed increased marijuana use by Colorado’s youth immediately following legalization in the state, the Palm Springs Unified School District wants to prevent similar outcomes for its students. In late May, the district announced a proposal to stifle potentially detrimental effects of cannabis legalization on students and campus climate. The district's three-pronged strategy includes reassessing school discipline, renewing counseling efforts and a prevention curriculum for parents and students across grade levels.

Citing spike in weed usage among students, Palm Springs Unified wants to place focus on more counseling and prevention2019-10-23T15:31:46-04:00

Health officials: opioid epidemic could be worse than what state reporting shows

2020-02-12T04:55:07-05:00

By Nia Hamm | HARTFORD — The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities across the nation including many in Connecticut. However, some local health officials believe far more people may be suffering from opioid addiction than the state actually reports. This could mean the opioid crises is far worse than previously thought. “The only word I could describe what it’s like to lose a child is, it’s human torture,” said Ginger Katz. Katz lost her son, 20-year-old, Ian Eaccarino, to a drug overdose involving opioids more than two decades ago.

Health officials: opioid epidemic could be worse than what state reporting shows2020-02-12T04:55:07-05:00

Norwalk mother gives families the ‘Courage to Speak’ about drug abuse and prevention

2019-10-23T17:21:48-04:00

By Sarah Cody | NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Parenting during the opioid epidemic: a Norwalk mother is traveling the state, with a plea for prevention. NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — Parenting during the opioid epidemic: a Norwalk mother is traveling the state, with a plea for prevention. “I’m in a club that nobody wants to join – nobody signs up for this,” said Ginger Katz who lost her son Ian to a heroin overdose in 1996. “I got up for my morning run and I found him at 6am. My cries for help were heard two blocks away.” For years, he’d struggled to overcome his problem.

Norwalk mother gives families the ‘Courage to Speak’ about drug abuse and prevention2019-10-23T17:21:48-04:00

Middle school course teaches parents how to keep kids off drugs

2019-10-23T17:01:52-04:00

By R.A. Schuetz | NORWALK — Parents and advocates gathered in the West Rocks Middle School library Thursday evening to learn about parenting during the opioid epidemic.. "When you have a newborn, you go to classes, you baby-proof your house — I think it’s just as important when you have a teen,” said Jeanette Bilicznianski, explaining why she had decided to attend. It was the second half of a two-day course. Earlier that week, they had gathered in the space, with a projector set up above shelves of short stories, to hear Ginger Katz, of Norwalk, speak about losing her son to a heroin and Valium overdose 21 years ago. 

Middle school course teaches parents how to keep kids off drugs2019-10-23T17:01:52-04:00

Norwalk’s Courage To Speak Adapts Program To Tackle Opioid Crisis

2019-10-23T17:16:26-04:00

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Courage to Speak Foundation has developed a new program, “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond,” a free drug prevention course designed specifically for parents of elementary, middle, and high school students. The program was developed by the Courage to Speak Foundation by a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. This new program is specifically designed to address the current opioid epidemic and is offered free to parents in the community. The program covers topics such as addiction and its physiological consequences; abuse and misuse of over-the-counter and prescription medications; communication and listening strategies; warning signs and symptoms of drug use; practical steps if you suspect drug use; parent resources, and more.

Norwalk’s Courage To Speak Adapts Program To Tackle Opioid Crisis2019-10-23T17:16:26-04:00

Weymouth sixth-graders learn about opioid epidemic

2019-10-23T17:13:02-04:00

By Zane Razzaq | WEYMOUTH – “Don’t keep secrets in, get your pain out” was author Ginger Katz’s message to an audience of Abigail Adams Middle School students and parents Wednesday evening. Ginger Katz’s son, Ian, died in his sleep of a heroin overdose in Norwalk, Connecticut, at age 20. Katz described her son as “bright and very sensitive, with an insight well beyond his years.”

Weymouth sixth-graders learn about opioid epidemic2019-10-23T17:13:02-04:00

Courage to Speak

2019-10-23T17:28:24-04:00

By Kimberly Armstrong | Ian was 20 years old when his mother, Ginger Katz, found him dead of a heroin overdose in the basement of their Connecticut home. Faced with the loss of their youngest child, doctors recommended that Katz and her husband, Larry, tell grieving relatives that he died of a heart attack or brain aneurysm to soften the blow. Instead, as Ginger Katz lay awake the night before her son's funeral, she decided to speak out. "I could not, would not, bury my son with a lie," she told parents at Stafford Middle School. "I felt very early on, if we don't address it, if we shove it under the rug, more people will die."

Courage to Speak2019-10-23T17:28:24-04:00

Courage to Speak plans annual event on March 14

2019-10-23T17:31:05-04:00

NORWALK -- Join Ginger Katz and The Courage to Speak for their 12th annual "Empowering the Youth to be Drug Free Family Night" event to help those with drug addiction on Monday, March 14. This is the Courage to Speak Foundation's 20th year in its mission to spread awareness and help save lives.

Courage to Speak plans annual event on March 142019-10-23T17:31:05-04:00
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