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Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen will release the 2019 Fatal Overdose Victims and the Criminal Justice System Report on Overdose Awareness Day. General Allen will also host a virtual conversation with community partners who are on the front lines of preventing overdose deaths in our community and use the report to help inform their efforts.

Participating partners include, All4Knox, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Metro Drug Coalition.

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The Drug Overdose Support Group invites the community to attend the Overdose Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil to remember loved ones who have lost their lives to a drug overdose.

The vigil will be held outside the City County Building at the Hill Avenue entrance.

All participants are asked to following social distancing guidelines, including wearing a mask.

Families and friends in attendance will have the opportunity to share a photo, along with the name and age, of their loved ones during the ceremony.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Tracee Smith at 865-215-3875 or

The Drug Overdose Support Group is a monthly support group for parents, children, siblings or other family members who have lost a loved one due to the drug overdose epidemic. The purpose of this group is to help those family members deal with their loss by showing support, but most importantly, showing they are not alone and that there are others that have gone through or are going through the same devastation. Two of the coordinators are mothers who have recently lost sons to the drug epidemic.

Prior registration is not required. All you have to do is show up for the meeting. There are no costs to attend the support group. The meetings are held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, once a month, and will be held in the City Court Room located at the Knoxville Police Department Safety Building.


This will be a virtual vigil taking place on Zoom from 7:30-8:30 pm Eastern. Advanced registration is required. Register in advance for this Zoom:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on Monday, August 31 a few minutes before 7:30.

We are using Jeremiah Lindemann’s Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map. Please fill out the form and then share the link with two more people.