Greenwich United Way to Present Drug Abuse Prevention Event: Parenting through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond

The Courage to Speak foundation will present “Parenting through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond,” on March 18 at 6:30pm at the YWCA Greenwich, 259 E Putnam Ave in Greenwich. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event was organized by the Greenwich United Way.

The event has two parts. The first will feature Ginger Katz, the CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak Foundation.

The second part of the program will be facilitated by Carlos Reinoso Jr who is a trained in substance abuse and addiction.

Topics to be covered include:

• Effective Communication Strategies with Children Around Drugs
• Teaching Drug Refusal Skills
• Understanding Emotional Pain and Teaching Children How to Cope
• Knowing Signs of Drug Use
• The Influence of Marijuana and Opioid Use
• Parent Resources and Much More!

Ms. Katz has spoken at Greenwich High School and was very well received.

Read our article on Ms. Katz’s presentation to students at GHS where she spoke about her son, Ian, who battled addiction but had a big heart, which she attributed partly to his sister, Candace, who has Downs Syndrome.

Ian went to Norwalk High School. He went to his prom, had a nice girlfriend and played lacrosse before going on to University of Hartford. But Ian also had a long battle with drugs before he died of an overdose in 1996 at the age of 20.

Read the full story here:

Why Do Kids Use Drugs? GHS Guest Speaker Asks Tough Questions

The Courage to Speak Foundation, Inc. was founded by Ginger Katz in an effort to foster open communication about the prevention of alcohol and other drug abuse among young people. Ginger has been inspired to speak out by the untimely death of her son Ian from a drug overdose. Since 1996, she has given over 1,000 presentations nationally to hundreds of thousands of parents and their children.