The scope of substance misuse is broad and far-reaching. To explain such a complex and nuanced issue, it is important to review the full spectrum. We must begin with upstream causes, such as childhood trauma, and then move into the behaviors and factors that can lead to substance use disorders. Finally, we must review the devastating individual impacts, deaths, community outcomes, and economics costs to inform potential strategies and interventions. A summary of the scope of this epidemic can be found in the All4Knox Strategic Plan Roadmap.
Several government agencies and healthcare providers regularly share data to help our community better understand the substance misuse epidemic.