Purpose: To create a collaborative effort among first responders in Knoxville/Knox County to rescue individuals experiencing drug overdose symptoms by deploying naloxone and linking victims to the appropriate follow-up care.



  • Christopher Blach, Regional Director, American Medical Response Tennessee
  • Roger Brooksbank MD, Medical Director AMR
  • Martha Buchanan, Director/Health Officer, Knox County Health Department
  • Deborah Crouse, CPS I, Media Relations and Project Director, Metro Drug Coalition
  • Genoa Clark, Public Health Analyst, Appalachia HIDTA
  • Jonne Crick, Crime Analysis Supervisor, Knoxville Police Department
  • Captain John Dodson BSN, RN, CCEMTP, Quality Improvement Officer, City of Knoxville Fire Department
  • Deputy Chief Gary Holliday, Knoxville Police Department
  • Samuel K. Lee, Chief Deputy District Attorney General, Knox County Attorney General’s Office
  • Mark McGrail, M.D., Director, Addiction Medicine Services, Cherokee Health Systems
  • Chris McLain, BSOM, Critical Care Paramedic, American Medical Response Emergency Medical Services, Clinical Manager Tennessee Operations
  • Randal E. Nichols, Special Counsel, Knox County Sheriff’s Office
  • Karen Pershing, MPH, CPS II, Executive Director, Metro Drug Coalition
  • Roberta R. Sturm, MPH, Emergency Preparedness Epidemiologist, Knox County Health Department
  • Brian L. Winbigler, Pharm.D. MBA, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, South College School of Pharmacy


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