Sunny’s Story

Sunny's Story

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Sunny's Story, written by Ginger Katz is a drug prevention book for all ages. It is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drug abuse.

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It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster

Sunny's Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, libraries, as part of Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula for elementary, middle and high school students as well as a standalone book for children of all ages, parents, grandparents, teachers and professionals in the field of treatment and prevention.

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November 20, 2019
These are special featured full-page newspaper articles from various media sources including the New York Times, The Hour, Connecticut Post, The News-Times, Effingham Daily News, The Stamford Times, and The Advocate.
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Take Walk Through Opioid Crisis In Courageous Parenting 101

November 19, 2019
By Donna Christopher | To date, 31 groups of adults in Connecticut have taken the time to complete a two-hour drug prevention program to keep their children safe from drugs. The program is the Courage to Speak Foundation's Courageous Parenting 101 - "Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond" and will be offered here online for busy parents starting in December. The next live Courage to Speak Courageous Parenting 101 – Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond is Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at Side by Side Charter School, 10 Chestnut St. in Norwalk. Norwalk resident and Courage...
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Connecticut Courage To Speak Foundation Founder Warns Parents About Signs Of Drug Use

October 27, 2019
By Donna Christopher | If you are a parent and worried your kids are saying yes to drugs you are not alone. But first. Do you know why kids use drugs? Stress, pain, peer pressure, fitting in, some say it's cool, to feel better and boredom, according to an expert in the field whose family tragedy turned into her mission to help kids say no to drugs. The good news: All parents have this in their arsenal: communication. The number one way for parents to prevent drug abuse is to talk to their kids, says Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder,...
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Starting the conversation, parenting through the opioid crisis

December 31, 2018
By Julia Werth | Kileen Doyle never spoke to her son about drugs while he was growing up. She wasn’t even aware that some of his classmates and friends in Norwalk were using. That changed abruptly when her son’s long-time friend, a boy who had been on his swimming team and in his martial arts classes, died of an overdose: heroine mixed with Valium, a prescription drug.
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We have to save lives: Program in Waterbury to helps parents prevent drug abuse and addiction

November 5, 2018
By Tracey O'Shaughnessy | Ginger Katz wants the demand to stop. “There are dealers who are targeting our children,” said Katz, whose son, Ian, died of an opioid addiction more than 20 years ago. “Prevention is key. We are focusing on treatment and that is imperative. We have to save lives. But if we don’t look at the other side of the problem, we are going to repeat this cycle.”
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With courage, mom speaks out about son’s deadly drug addiction

November 3, 2018
By Tatiana Flowers | NORWALK — At 4 a.m. on Sept. 10, 1996, Ginger Katz’s dog climbed four flights of stairs and jumped onto her bed. Sunny woke her up from the best night of sleep she’d had in five months. The night before, Katz’ son said, “Mom, I want to see a doctor in the morning. I need to take care of my problem.” Ian Eaccarino, 20, struggled with drug addiction for about seven years, and Katz said his desire to seek treatment is what helped her sleep that night.
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