Meet the 2017 Knox Addiction Conference Team!

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Today, our “Meet the Team” spotlight shines on the Knox Addiction Conference. There is a team of amazing people and organizations working hard to coordinate this annual event.

The Knox Addiction Conference is hosted by the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT). This conference offers a number of different professional development tracks and opportunities for continuing education credits. The presentations are also open to the general public and will give information on what is being done to address drug abuse in our community and immediate ways that each one of us can get involved in supporting people in recovery and strengthening the community.

The conference will be held June 28th and 29th in Rosse Hall on the Kenyon College Campus, starting at 8:30am. For a full listing of sessions and times, Click HERE

Registration for all attendees is required. Breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials are included in your registration fee. Registrations will be accepted up until the morning of the conference. Lunch is going to be provided cafeteria style and will have options for those with special dietary needs. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7 am both days in Rosse Hall. Click HERE to register.

In addition to the general conference, luncheons for physicians and business professionals will be offered. Topics at the lunch will be specific to these professions. If you plan to attend the luncheon and the conference, registration for both events is required.

The conference will also offer an evening event on Wednesday, June 28th from 7-9 pm hosted by the Knox Health Planning Partnership Resilience Team: RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.

KSAAT Chair, Janet Chandler, talks about the film and its importance to our community, HERE!

WNZR, Knox Pages and the Mount Vernon News had an opportunity to talk with some of the presenters and organizers of the Knox Addiction Conference.

Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville will be presenting at the conference. He talked about the challenges the drug epidemic has brought to the Knox County Courts. Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Chip.

Detective Lieutenant Craig Feeney of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is presenting at the conference alongside Knox County Prosecutor, Chip McConville. Craig talked to us about the challenges the drug epidemic brings to the Sheriff’s Office and how the public can help law enforcement in the fight against drugs.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Craig.

Detective Corporal James DeChant of the Mount Vernon Police Department is presenting at the conference too. James talked about the drug problem in our community and why community members should attend the Knox Addiction Conference.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with James.

Knox Community Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer, Jim Middleton is on the planning committee for the conference. Jim shared the impact of NARCAN and the strategies that KCH has implemented to handle the increase of drug abuse cases. He also shared the challenges that the medical community face with the fight on drugs.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Jim.

Jeff Williams is Executive Director of the Freedom Center. He helped to plan the conference. Jeff shared important event details with WNZR.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Jeff.

Emily Morrison is Communications Manager Legal Assistant at the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office. She is in charge of registration for the Knox Addiction Conference. She shared exciting news about topics that will be covered at the conference, including a new youth track on Thursday.
Click HERE to hear WNZR’s conversation with Emily.

For more information about KSAAT, its goals and the Knox Addiction Conference, go to



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