Sunny tried to wake me the night Ian died. Sunny our family beagle, climbed four flights of stairs and jumped on my bed. But Ian’s words had rocked me to sleep that night. “Mom I want to see the doctor in the morning. I need to take care of my problem. I need help.” It was the first good night’s sleep I had in the five months since I learned Ian was involved with drug use and addicted to drugs. Sunny’s message was undelivered.
When I awoke for my morning run at 6 am I went downstairs and heard Ian’s TV was very loud. I went to turn the TV off and that’s when I found him. After we talked the night before Ian went downstairs and did the drug one more time. Ian died in his sleep from the drug use – he didn’t have a second chance. My cries for help were heard two blocks away.
Drug Use The Aftermath
Years later, I was sitting on my deck with Sunny and my best friend. I looked at Sunny and said, “If Sunny could talk – he would have a lot to say.” That pivotal moment is when I decided to write the book from Sunny’s perspective about drug use.
I made a promise to Ian the day he died to do everything in my power to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family. I established the Courage to Speak® Foundation, www.couragetospeak.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “saving young lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about drugs”.
Sunny’s Story About Drug Use
Sunny’s Story about drug use has been purchased by many people in over 40 states and is read at dinner tables with young children, adolescents, teenagers, parents and grandparents. It is part of the Courage to Speak® Foundation Drug Prevention Curriculum taught by educators in elementary, middle and high schools and is a standalone book for elementary, middle and high school students and parents to aid in the mission to save young lives from drugs.
How You Can Prevent Drug Use
To have Ginger Katz bring the Courage to Speak® Presentation to your school or community, or to learn more about the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention and drug use Curricula that includes Sunny’s Story, please call (877) 431-3295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.