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Celebrate local leaders at the Community Champion Awards lunch!
MDC will recognize five outstanding people who are making Knoxville a safer, healthier place to live on December 2 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM at The Foundry. Mayor Madeline Rogero will speak about the field of prevention and its importance in the East Tennessee area.
This year’s recipients are:
- Coalition Member of the Year: Kim Pouncey, TopShelf Responsible Beverage Service
- Commitment to Service: Sheri Smith, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
- Innovations In Prevention: Magistrate Dirk Weddington, Knox County Juvenile Court
- Media Advocacy: Kent Stephens, WIVK
- Recovery Services: Dr. Suzanne Bailey, Cherokee Health Systems
Space is limited. To RSVP, email Heather or call 588-5550.
Ready to quit smoking?
The Great American Smokeout is coming up on November 21. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco or cut down for the day and raises awareness of the many effective ways to quit for good
There are lots of resources to help you quit. You can call the Tennessee Tobacco QuitLine (1-800-QUIT-NOW) seven days a week to get set up with a Quit Coach and access to nicotine replacement therapies. The Knox County Health Department also offers helpful services to help you kick cigarettes for good.
MDC speaks out: FDA’s approval of new pure hydrocodone medication
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro, to help relieve severe chronic pain. Zohydro is between five and ten times stronger than hydrocodone medications currently on the market.
Despite its potency, the drug has no mechanisms to deter abuse. With opioid abuse rising exponentially, why isn’t the FDA requiring tamper-resistant technology?
MDC strongly disagrees with the FDA’s decision in this position paper.
Dispose of old medications this weekend
Prescription drug abuse is America’s fastest growing substance abuse issue. To overcome this problem, MDC encourages everyone to properly dispose of their old medications.
Take your old, unused or expired prescriptions to the next collection event this Saturday, October 26 from 10 AM-2 PM in downtown’s Krutch Park. Only personal medications will be accepted.
For more information about the event visit medicationcollection.org.
Sister-To-Sister summit empowers young girls
In small breakout sessions, the girls developed action plans for addressing drugs and alcohol, bullying, dating, peer pressure, body esteem and academics.
Check out pics in our Photo Gallery!