This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. Utah’s drug usage is half the national average, but Utah’s drug death rate is higher than average. The Other Side Academy helps prevent those tragedies by providing a free place to change lives. Executive Director Dave Durocher tells us about their program.

The Other Side Academy is here to help long-term drug addicts and even criminals change their lives and start contributing to society.

I know this because I spent the first part of my life addicted and incarcerated, until I turned my life around. All of our staff have changed their lives and are now helping others break free from addiction and criminal behavior.

We all know someone. Maybe it is a father or brother, sister or daughter, friend or neighbor. They say this time will be different. But it never is. They start using again, committing crimes again, and breaking hearts.

If you have someone in your life who has tried everything else, invite them to check us out at It’s a free, two-year residential program with vocational training, peer counseling and more. Joining our effort will be the hardest but most important thing you will ever do.

Students at The Other Side Academy learn from faculty who themselves have done everything they ask students to do – learning the skills necessary for a healthier life on “the other side.” Contact the Other Side Academy for more information. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.