Student group to host Opioid Epidemic Summit

ALAMOSA — The Adams State University Collegiate Farm Bureau will host the Opioid Epidemic Summit to gather leaders from healthcare, law enforcement, rural development and other community programs to discuss the opioid epidemic in the San Luis Valley in Carson Auditorium at Adams State University, 98 Monterey Ave, Alamosa.

The event is scheduled for Friday, April 27, at 1 p.m.??

Industry professionals from the local community will talk about various aspects of opioid abuse and its impact on the public.

Speakers include:

• Sallie Clark, USDA Rural Development

• Charlotte Ledonne, AHEC

• Kyle Phillips, Valley-Wide Health Systems

• Luis Alvarez, Center for Restorative Programs

• Kristina Daniel, Advantage Treatment Centers

Forty five percent of rural adults are impacted by opioid abuse, says a report from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The San Luis Valley, along with rural communities around the state, is struggling with this problem, daily. The summit brings thought leaders from around the community to discuss the impacts that opioid addiction has on local community members and potential solutions.