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Quick info for attendees

Where do I park? The parking lot Northeast of Vivint Smart Home Arena is reserved for the event. You can park there ride the Blue line or Green line Trax to the event.

Can I attend the morning and afternoon sessions? Yes! If you are registered for one of the sessions you are welcome to join us for the other session.

Can I bring a backpack? Leave your large bags or backpacks in your vehicle since the venue will not allow them inside.

Points of Contact:

Volunteers: Sandra Gersch, 801-372-3771
Media: Stan Livingston, 801-372-3771 or
Jillian Wheeler, 202-308-3926
Schools: Devin Shelley, 917-232-6604
Seating: Jason Badell, 801-910-2772
Buses: Ciara Gregovich, 801-688-5083
General: Mike Deaver, 801-245-9329
General: Rob Axson, 801-310-4911

Schedule of Events

(subject to change)

Friday, October 12

9:00-11:30 – Instead Youth Summit in partnership with DEA 360 & the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

11:45-12:45 – Break for Lunch

1:00-3:00 – General Session featuring compelling thought leaders and speakers

3:15-4:30 – Breakout sessions

Why Instead:

This 2018 Utah Solutions Summit is branded Instead as an invitation and a rallying cry to everyone affected by the deadly scourge of opioid abuse to learn alternatives to turning to opioids for pain, loneliness, and depression, as well as to help show options and opportunities for addressing the crisis. Current treatments, policy, programs, and efforts are simply not enough. We must change how we talk about the underlying issues that lead to addiction and how we support those fighting it.

Every day in the United States, 115 people we love will die from opioid abuse. Our mothers, fathers, sons, an daughters. Our neighbors and our friends. Our eployees and our employers. Opioid abuse is an equal opportunity killer. Abuse crosses race, gender, income bracket, sexual preference, or nationality.

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2018 Utah Solutions Summit Sponsors


Rep. Christine Watkins

Mayor Jackie Biskupski

Peter Sadler, Utah Naloxone

DEA Agent Brian Besser

Rep. Steve Eliason

Talia’s Story

Cecchini Family Story

Pediatrician Jennifer Plumb

Utah AG Reyes & Jazz Bear