Closing his Knox County tour, Dr. Al J. Mooney stopped by Union College on November 14 for a community forum titled “Facing the Addiction Crisis: From Prevention to Solutions.” Joining Mooney to discuss the ongoing drug epidemic in Knox County were UNITE Director Nancy Hale, Jason Els from Union College, Reverend Leonard Lester, Barbourville ARH CEO Charles Lovell, Sheriff Mike Smith and Mayor David Thompson.
One of the topics of discussion included statistics on how drug addiction is affecting Knox County overall. According to Lovell, 35 percent of the deaths in Knox are drug-related overdoses. The national average is 16.3%, or nearly half that of Knox County.
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