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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Leann Human-Hilliard 

Regional Vice-President

Helen Ross McNabb

Lee Tramel 

Assistant Chief Deputy Knox County Sheriff's Office

Catherine Brunson 

ASAP

Dr. Tom Reach

In Recovery

Owner, Watauga Recovery Center

Medical Director, Tennessee Overdose Prevention (TOP)

Shaun McComas

In Recovery

Rocky Top Recovery

University of Tennessee

Kelli Shoopman

In Recovery

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

Tyler Trotter

In recovery

Successful entrepreneur

Heather Ruzic

Mother of Caleb

Donna Towe

Mother of Taygan

Taygan's Team

Kristi Nelson

Knoxville News Sentinel Reporter

Kenneth Irvine 

Assistant District Attorney: Knox County

Chief Gary Holiday

Naloxone Program 

Knoxville Police Department (KPD)

Karen Pershing 

Executive Director Metro Drug Coalition 

Ron Hanaver

In Recovery

Director, Knox County Recovery Court

Sara Alese

In Recovery, Outreach Director

Positively Living 

Sherry Petrowski

The Addict's Family - Knoxville

Mother of Chris Sullivan

Janie New

Mimi's Place - Grandparent's Support 

Dave Pelsor

In Recovery

Father of Zachary

Kendall Morris

WBIR Reporter

Jason Goodman

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