October 15, 2020
Walmart Supports Special Broadcast Event and Virtual Town Hall for Tennessee Families About the Dangers of Opioids
Walmart was proud to work with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and DEA 360 Strategy to sponsor an important local health program and live discussion addressing the recent spike in overdose deaths in Knoxville County, TN. The October 15 television special, “What Every Family Needs to Know About Opioids,” was hosted by WBIR-TV Knoxville and was followed by a live online discussion at livedrugfreeisuptome.com.
As of October, with still 2 months left in the year, drug overdoses had claimed the lives of 280 people in Knoxville County, a sharp increase compared to 259 deaths in all of 2019.
Featuring James Wahlberg, Executive Director of The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation; J. Todd Scott, Special Agent in Charge for the DEA Louisville Division; and Karen Pershing, Executive Director of Metro Drug Coalition; the television special focused on how the opioid epidemic continues to impact local schools, families, law enforcement and healthcare systems. During a live virtual discussion following the television special, local experts answered questions from the viewing audience about recovery options in Tennessee, signs of addiction and how to help those struggling with addiction.
“As a community, we are all dealing with a lot right now; and while we try to manage our daily lives in this challenging time, we have to remain focused on the crisis that was threatening our community before the pandemic,” said J. Todd Scott, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Louisville Division. "The opioid crisis hasn’t gone away. In fact, we have seen a rise in overdose deaths, specifically in the last few months. What Every Family Needs to Know About Opioids is an important public health program to help families in our community better understand what is taking place in community, signs of addiction and the local resources available.”
The full program can be viewed here.