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The Courage To Speak

The Courage To Speak

Ian was 21 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."

Ginger and Larry Katz started the Courage...