Metro Drug Coalition heralds Community Champions while remembering the lost

It was a luncheon unlike any other. On Tuesday, Dec. 4, representatives of the East Tennessee recovery community gathered at The Foundry near downtown Knoxville to celebrate the presentation of the Metro Drug Coalition Community Champion Awards. Six individuals were heralded for their contributions to combatting addiction in the Greater Knoxville area. Before the awards…

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MDC’s Karen Pershing helps shepherd East Tennessee’s addiction conversations

For Karen Pershing and her team at the Metro Drug Commission, the problem, to paraphrase a particular 12 Step recovery program, isn’t a specific substance: It’s the disease of addiction. Given the media’s attention to buzzworthy topics like the ongoing opioid epidemic, Pershing said recently, maintaining focus on the disease can sometimes be a challenge,…

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