The New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness brought 8,500 middle and high school students to Manchester. The summit focused on prevention of opioid use through healthy lifestyles.
The summit was presented by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in conjunction with DEA 360, a program of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency that works with cities to combat the fentanyl, heroin, and prescription drug abuse epidemic and associated violent crime and includes community outreach as part of its approach.
The summit included a keynote address from Jeff Allison, a New England native and former Miami Marlins pitcher. Allison shared his personal story of addiction and recovery. Students saw the film “If Only,” co-produced by James Wahlberg with support from Recovery Centers of America and Millennium Health.
DEA Special Agent Jon DeLena talked about addiction and the impact of opioids in our communities.
NH Governor Chris Sununu was also a guest at the summit.
Students left the summit with tools and strategies to bring back to their school communities.
The Foundation is supporting the summit as a co-sponsor.
“This summit is an opportunity to bring together youth in Manchester to recognize that youth have a role to play in keeping their communities healthy and safe,” said Tym Rourke, Charitable Foundation director of Substance Use Disorders Grantmaking and chair of the Governor’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Use. “We appreciate DEA 360’s strategy in recognizing that kids and their families need positive messages and supports.”