On Friday, October 12th at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, over 4,500 Utah youth gathered for the Solutions Summit. The Summit, presented by United States Senator Mike Lee and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes,
featured the DEA 360 and Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation’s Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness.
The Youth Summit, hosted by Emmy Award winning broadcaster Alema Harrington, and singer, song writer and recording artist, Lexi Walker, presented a 3 hour program of education and entertainment. The cornerstone of the summit was the movie, “If Only,” and also featured educational and compelling presentations from Jim Wahlberg,
Amber Baum, and ulitmate fighting champion, Court McGee among many other local advocates and celebrities.
4/5 new heroin users started out by abusing prescription painkillers.
Approximately 40% of drug overdose deaths in 2014 were from prescription pain relievers.
--American Society of Addiction Medicine: Opioid Addiction 2016 Facts and Figures
Prescription drug misuse has become a large public health problem, because misuse can lead to addiction, and even overdose deaths. For teens, it is a growing problem.
Drug overdoses are the current leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., having surpassed traffic fatalities.
--The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs are the most commonly misused substances by Americans age 14 and older.