The Summit County Opiate Task Force hopes to shine a light on youth addiction and recovery through a screening of the documentary “Generation Found” on Tuesday, May 9. The event will take place from 4p-6p at the Akron Summit Public Library, 60 S. Main St., Akron Ohio. This event will serve as a kickoff for a larger conversation about how our community responds to youth with addictions and those in recovery. A follow-up dialogue is scheduled for Monday, May 15th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at Summit County Public Health Auditorium, 1867 West Market Street, Building A.
“Generation Found” is a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. In one of the biggest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.Watch the trailer here.
In addition to the screening, the event will begin with a performance byMatt Butler who wrote and performs the
powerful call-to- action song “Just One” from the documentary’s end title credits. Matt is a rock and Americana
singer/songwriter from NYC in the style of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Ryan Adams. The event is free and
open to the public, but advanced online registration is appreciated: summitgenerationfound.eventbrite.com
A few statistics that help to illuminate this issue in Summit County include:
• In the ADM system alone, an average of 127 youth between the ages of 14-18 received services for alcohol or other drugs over the last three years.
• Over 15% of Summit County’s middle and high school students admitted to taking a prescription medicine that was not prescribed for them in the recent youth risk behavior survey (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)
• Nearly 22% of middle and high school students report attending a party where parents permitted underage alcohol use (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)
"The Opiate Task Force will be bringing together those concerned with the health and well-being of our youth to explore the ways that we support youth struggling with an addiction as well as those who have achieved recovery," says Jerry Craig, Executive Director, County of Summit ADM Board, “I look forward to being a part of the dialogue.”
Each year, over 16,000 Summit County residents and their families face the challenge of recovery from mental illness and addictions and turn to the ADM Board for treatment and support. The continuum of care received runs throughout the lifespan – from services and programs for toddlers to older adults. It includes preventative and treatment services, housing support, employment assistance, transportation, respite, peer support, recreation, and educational services.
For information about the ADM Board’s network of services, please call 330-762-3500. For 24-hour emergency assistance call 330-762-6110 for a mental health emergency or 330-996-7730 for an addiction emergency.