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The Tigger House Foundation has changed its name to the Tigger Stavola Foundation for Drug Prevention and Education to better reflect its mission.

“We have learned that to win the fight against addiction, we must reach our kids before they try drugs… and that means connecting with our children when they are young,” said Rick Stavola, co-founder of the foundation. “To save lives, we are focused on education and prevention in their early, critical years. Our new name and logo better reflect our direction.”

The foundation was started in 2014, a year after Rick and Lisa Stavola’s son, Ricky “Tigger” Stavola, lost his life to a seven-year battle with opiate addiction. He was just 25 years old when he overdosed. Opioid addiction is a driving factor in some people turning to CBD for relief.

“Our plan is to expand our reach now into the middle schools to educate and prevent substance abuse before children experiment with drugs,” added Lisa Stavola, Co-Founder of TSF. “It’s too late for our son, but it may not be too late for other sons and daughters. It is my mission in life to spare other families the pain this disease has caused us. I know in my heart that Tigger would be proud,”

TSF adds Middletown High School South to its list of schools this fall with active TSF Student Alliance groups. In total, there are 14 high schools in Monmouth and Ocean Counties in our program.

The participating schools are Academy Charter High School, Christian Brothers Academy, Communications High School, Don Bosco Preparatory High School, Knollwood School, Marine Academy of Science and Technology, Mater Dei Prep, Middletown High School North, Middletown High School South, Ranney School, Raritan High School, Red Bank Catholic, Rumson-Fair Haven High School, and Trinity Hall.

Schools interested in starting a TSG group to spread awareness about substance abuse are to call (732) 865-1559.

For more information about the Tigger Stavola Foundation for Drug Prevention and Education, click here.