Watch: Opioid battle

Hundreds of Wright State students, area high school students and community members took part in an effort to throw the spotlight on the dangers of opioid abuse and come up with answers to fight the epidemic.

 On Oct. 16, an Ohio House task force chaired by Rep. Robert Sprague held a discussion in the Wright State Nutter Center Berry Room on what the community is doing to battle the drug crisis. After the discussion the Nutter Center hosted a summit supporting a new initiative by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The summit featured speakers who educated the audience about opioid addiction and inspired them to help wage war against it. The target audience was high school and college students, faculty members, law enforcement, first responders and community leaders.

The summit also included a performance by Alexis Gomez, a Wright State graduate who gained popularity as a contestant on television’s “American Idol.”

“It’s an amazing way to just raise awareness and equip people for this crazy, horrible epidemic,” said Gomez.

During the summit, the Nutter Center concourse was filled with vendors offering services and resources to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

Wright State celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent public university in 2017.

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