Metro Drug Coalition
Healthcare 21 Business Coalition Aug 2015 - Feb 2016
Director of Community Initiatives
Metropolitan Drug Commission May 2010 - Jul 2015
United Way of Greater Knoxville Feb 2007 - May 2010
Director, Community Assessment and Planning
Knox County Mar 2005 - Feb 2007
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2002 - 2006
Master of Science, Masters, Public Health
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 2003 - 2006
Master of Public Health, Masters
University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1986
Carson - Newman University 1981 - 1983
Carter High School 1981
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Dr. Mitchell Mutter, the Tennessee Department of Health's medical director;Karen Pershing of the Metro Drug Council in Knoxville;Jeremy Kane, director of EdComand Judge Duane Slone addressed different parts of the problem, and how they are trying to make in-roads in parts of it.
Date: Feb 09, 2017
30+ states allow needle exchange program, TN not included
"Educate them on the diseases that they can get," said Karen Pershing, the executive director of the Metropolitan Drug Commission. "Because even though you're giving them a clean (needle), you can share it among multiple drug users."
Date: Jun 04, 2015
Number of deaths from painkiller overdose tripled over a decade
For more on the prescription drug epidemic watch the video in this story which includes an interview with Webster Bailey of Cornerstone of Recovery and Karen Pershing, the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Drug Commission.