— An average of 127 local youth between the ages of 14 to 18 have received services for alcohol or other drugs over the last three years, and over 15 percent of Summit County’s middle and high school students admitted to taking a prescription medicine that was not prescribed for them, according to the Summit County Opiate Task Force. The collective hopes to shine a light on youth addiction by hosting a a free screening of the documentary “Generation Found,” Tuesday, May 9, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Main Library in downtown Akron.
“Generation Found” is a story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. In one of the biggest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer -driven youth and family recovery community. (See the trailer below.)
In addition to the screening, the event will begin with a performance by Matt Butler, who wrote and performs the powerful call-to- action song “Just One” from the documentary’s end title credits. Matt is a rock and Americana singer/songwriter from NYC in the style of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Ryan Adams.
The library is located at 60 South High St.
Online registration is suggested, by visiting summitgenerationfound.eventbrite.com.