Sunny’s Story

A drug prevention storybook 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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Health officials: opioid epidemic could be worse than what state reporting shows

April 17, 2018
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.
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Norwalk mother gives families the ‘Courage to Speak’ about drug abuse and prevention

February 14, 2018
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...
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