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International Overdose Awareness Day Event 2017 

September 01, 2017

'We Do Recover': Hundreds Gather to Mourn 30 Percent Spike in Local OD Deaths, Offer Hope

By: Kristi L. Nelson 

More than 300 people gathered at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame to memorialize lives lost to drugs and talk about how to stem the tide of new deaths.

It was a few minutes after 8 p.m. when Michael Crawley’s harmonica drawled the sweet strains of “Amazing Grace” and a few hundred people grabbed candles.

August 29, 2017

As Overdose Death Toll Rises, Grassroots Group Fights Stigma with Overdose Awareness Event

By: Kristi L. Nelson

On Thursday night, as the lights across the Henley Bridge glow purple, some will mourn the loss of a loved one. Some will be grateful for a second chance.

And some, Nancy Daniels hopes, will see it as a beacon, will see that they have support to pull them out of the depths of drug addiction...

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  • Nancy's Favorite Pictures from the Overdose Awareness Event

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Leann Human-Hilliard 

Regional Vice-President

Helen Ross McNabb

Kenneth Irvine 

Assistant District Attorney: Knox County

Lee Tramel 

Assistant Chief Deputy Knox County Sheriff's Office

Chief Gary Holiday

Naloxone Program 

Knoxville Police Department (KPD)

Catherine Brunson 


Karen Pershing 

Executive Director Metro Drug Coalition 

Dr. Tom Reach

In Recovery

Owner, Watauga Recovery Center

Medical Director, Tennessee Overdose Prevention (TOP)

Ron Hanaver

In Recovery

Director, Knox County Recovery Court

Shaun McComas

In Recovery

Rocky Top Recovery

University of Tennessee

Sara Alese

In Recovery, Outreach Director

Positively Living 

Kelli Shoopman

In Recovery

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Turned the bridges purple starting in Knoxville, then Nashville & Memphis

Sherry Petrowski

The Addict's Family - Knoxville

Mother of Chris Sullivan

Tyler Trotter

In recovery

Successful entrepreneur

Janie New

Mimi's Place - Grandparent's Support 

Heather Ruzic

Mother of Caleb

Dave Pelsor

In Recovery

Father of Zachary

Donna Towe

Mother of Taygan

Taygan's Team

Kendall Morris

WBIR Reporter

Kristi Nelson

Knoxville News Sentinel Reporter

Jason Goodman

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