Oct. 14, 2016: Recently, the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the Mount Vernon City Police Department and the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team ( KSAAT) conducted alcohol compliance checks at 18 retail outlets that sell alcohol in Knox County. Nearly 30% of businesses were non-compliant, meaning they sold alcohol to an underage individual.

In an effort to educate local businesses on Ohio’s liquor laws, KSAAT will host an Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) training on Oct. 18 at 11 am at the Knox County Health Department.

A representative from the Ohio Investigative Unit willl conduct the training which will help businesses owners, cashiers, clerks and retailers recognize minors, detect fake ID’s and better understand the good faith acceptance. The training will also cover sales to intoxicated persons, vertical ID’s, after-hour sales, and removal of intoxicated patrons.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for participating in the training.

While there is no cost to attend the training, participants are asked to RSVP. To do so, contact  Ashley Didinger at the health department:  740-392-2200 ext. 2271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Oct. 14, 2016: Local residents will have the opportunity to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day with four locations in Knox County to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medications. The nationwide activity which is organzied locally by the Knox Substance Abuse Action Team (KSAAT) will take place

Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read full story>>


Sept. 30, 2016:  Naloxone will soon be available for Knox County residents who are at-risk for opioid overdose or who know someone who is at-risk. Naloxone, also know as Narcan, is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by heroin and some opiate prescription pain killers.The Knox County Health Department will hold a community training session on Oct. 12 to distribute Narcan kits and teach participants how to use them. The session will be held at 6 p.m. at the health department, 11660 Uppers Gilchrist Rd.  Read Full Story >>>


Sept. 27, 2016: Beginning Oct. 4, the Knox County Health Department will begin offering a daytime cessation class at Knox Community Hospital. The Knox Out Tobacco class will be held every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. in the private dining room. Read full story>>


Sept. 23, 2016: Knox Alerts is the notification system used by the Knox County Emergency Management Agency to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations. Notifications can be made via phone messages, text messages, and emails. The system automatically utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database which includes land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted. If you have a cell phone or email and would like to be notified that way, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail addresses by completing the on-line registration.  To register, enter the below address into your web browser.  http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/knox_co_oh/wens.cfm

Click here to read full story, including frequently asked questions.


Sept. 30, 2016 -  The Knox County Health Department has flu shots for adults and children ages 6 months and older. To receive a shot, you can make an appointment by calling 740-399-8009 or attend a walk-in clinic.


Schedule of flu clinics.


The Health Department accepts most forms of insurance as well as medicare and medicaid for payment.
Otherwise the cost is $30. Please bring your ID and medical or insurance card.

To download a registration form to complete prior to attending a clinic, click here. 



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