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Four-hour All4Knox meeting held today to better address substance misuse

Leaders from nine community sectors will come together this morning to discuss how Knoxville and Knox county can better address substance misuse.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Four suspected overdose deaths have already been reported in Knox County, just nine days into the new year.

The area has a problem with substance misuse. So local business, healthcare and faith leaders are giving their all to help fix Knoxville's drug abuse issues in the All4Knox initiative. 

The initiative starts with a meeting where leaders can discuss strategies to address substance misuse. It is being held today, where leaders from nine community sectors will meet for a four-hour retreat to discuss how to improve city and county strategies for addressing drug abuse.

The goal is to fine-tune strategies for the new year, to help reduce overdose-related deaths in the area and to create a full strategic plan that will be ready to implement later this year, according to Amy Dolinky with the Health Department.

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"The first of those is to establish a strategic plan with all of the nine sectors and help the community to recognize that we all have a role to plan in substance misuse," Dolinky said.

The All4Knox meeting starts at 8:15 a.m. today.