Knoxville leaders and community members gathered to address the opioid epidemic and domestic violence at a forum hosted by the Junior League of Knoxville Wednesday night. 

The panel was held at the East Tennessee History Center, and focused on preventing abuse of opioid drugs and domestic violence.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch took part on the panel, and said the department's taking several initiatives to combat these issues.

"But we also of course, in our community, are constantly battling the issue, every day, in terms of enforcement. We have to deal with it on almost every call now. It’s impacting the lives, of those in our community," he said. 

Rausch said since 2015, officers have saved 72 people by using the drug Naloxone in overdose cases. He said they are also working with different organizations to educate people about the epidemic.

The other panelists included Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan, Helen Ross McNabb Center CEO Jerry Vagnier and Metro Drug Coalition Director Karen Pershing.