The Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative (TROI) was launched by Utah State University Extension in 2018 to provide effective resources to address opioid use among rural Utahns. To support these efforts, TROI hosts a Rural Opioid Health and Wellness Summit in Price on July 18 and 19. This summit is free to community adults and youth, and a limited number of lodging and travel scholarships are available.
Designed for rural community members by community members, the Rural Opioid Summit hosts a range of speakers including recovery professionals, leading opioid researchers, medical providers, substance use disorder counselors, prevention panels and local law enforcement. Summit tracks include: Community and Loved Ones, Multiple Recovery Pathways, First Responders and Suicide Prevention, Medical Providers and Military.
A youth track featuring keynote speakers Ryan Stream and Justin Hughes, from the Young People in Recovery Salt Lake Chapter, is scheduled from 3:15 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Youth ages 14-18 and chaperones or parents are welcome to attend. Activities such as watermelon eating contests, bubble balls, S’mores and Aggie Ice Cream, sponsored by USU Eastern, will be held. Thursday will conclude with a community dinner and music.