Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis

Salt Lake City, UT-  Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11am – 1pm (MT)
Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis has become America’s #1 public health emergency. Treatment professionals are in a position to influence everyday citizens and policy makers alike, but finding the right avenues can be a challenge. At the same time, treatment professionals can struggle with staying up-to-date on the latest developments in America’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.
To address these needs, Addiction Professional magazine has organized a lunch’n’learn in Salt Lake City to discuss how treatment professionals can better work together and become effective change agents for educating the public as well as helping to bring about a comprehensive prevention and broad-based treatment strategy.
Upon attending this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand recent developments in the opioid crisis and its impact on the local community
  • Prepare discussion points to share with the community
  • Explore ways treatment professionals of all types can better work together to ensure a recovery-oriented system of care
One hour of continuing education credit will be available. 
Thought Leadership Partner


Carol Spackman Moss
Carol Spackman Moss has served in the Utah House of Representatives
for 16 years, representing Holladay and Murray.
Rep. Moss serves on Public Education, Rules, Transportation,
Administrative Rules, and Higher Education Appropriations Committees
and the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission.
Much of Carol’s legislative work has focused on improving public
education, passing bills on bullying and hazing, securing ongoing
funding for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, and funding a
teacher mentoring program, Peer Assistance Review, which Salt Lake
City School District has implemented to train and retain quality
teachers. In 2016, she co-sponsored legislation to reduce excessive
testing in high schools. The past two years, Rep. Moss’s has worked on Utah’s drug overdose epidemic. In 2014 she passed the “Good Samaritan Law” and the “Naloxone Rescue” bill that gives friends and families access to Naloxone, the lifesaving drug that can reverse an overdose to prescription painkillers
and heroin. This year she passed HB 238, expanding Naloxone access to
police, EMT’s and addiction recovery centers. These laws have saved
hundreds of lives and helped people get treatment for the chronic,
recurring brain disease of addiction.
Sean Ponce, MD
Dr. Ponce attended Brigham Young University and went on to medical school at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.  He completed one year of residency in Spokane, Washington and then completed a Family Medicine residency in Salt Lake City.  Dr. Ponce specializes in the treatment of addiction and is particularly skilled with patients who are dually diagnosed with both mental health and addictive issues.  He is a past President of the Utah State Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. 
Adam Cohen, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Odyssey House
Adam has worked with Odyssey House for over 13 years. He has served in a variety of roles, which affords him the unique ability to understand the organization at all levels. He holds a bachelor degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration. His passion for improving the lives of our clients and their families has furthered Odyssey House’s mission and expanding the number of people served.

Market Street Grill - Cottonwood
2985 East 6580 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

*There is a $25 registration fee, but all attendees will receive a $25 American Express gift card at the conclusion of the event.
Registration is required to attend; seating is limited.