”An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” may be an old adage when it comes to public safety; but it still holds true today.

It was first coined by Benjamin Franklin to caution against the careless behaviors that resulted in devastating fires in Philadelphia in the 1700s. Now, addiction is a force just as powerful as fire and potentially just as disastrous; and it is sweeping through Knox County these two centuries later.

Can it too be, for the most part, avoided?

On Thursday, March 21, at 7:00 P.M., the Union College Psychology Department, Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency Programs, along with the Knox County UNITE Coalition, will host a Community Forum: Partnering for Prevention.

Native son, Jeffrey D. Howard, Jr, MD, who is Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health will speak on the topic that so touches this community. Several Knox Countians will serve on a panel to discuss substance abuse and prevention, and Nolan Media Group CEO, KPA President, and Mountain Advocate Publisher, Jay Nolan will emcee.

Mark the calendar for this informative event aimed at re-knitting a torn community.

Thursday, March 21, 7:00 P.M.

Union College Student Center, Rooms ABC