The University of Tennessee Substance Misuse and Addiction Resource for Tennessee (SMART) Policy Network has created fact sheets on the health and economic impact of substance use on Tennessee. Many of you have already had a copy of this document delivered to you by your CTAS County Government Consultants. This digital version will enable you to share it with others as well as being able to access the hyperlinks imbedded in the document to connect you to other sources of information.
SMART Policy Network was created in 2020 to support the University of Tennessee’s 2019-2025 strategic plan objective of providing leadership in mitigating the opioid crisis in Tennessee.
This collaborative effort is led by a multi-disciplinary group of experts from the University of Tennessee, East Tennessee State University, Metro Drug Coalition, the Tennessee Judiciary, Cedar Recovery, and New Hope Treatment Center.
Utilizing a multi-disciplinary panel of researchers, the SMART Policy Network will support elected and appointed officials craft effective policies concerning addiction by providing data-driven evidence to inform policy. The SMART Policy Network reviews research and analysis to develop a collective voice that would inform legislative action.
Activities include preparing and disseminating briefs on evidence-informed approaches to addiction-related policy, providing members of the media with accurate scientific information about addiction and addiction-related policy, and engaging with the UT government relations and advocacy team to consult with policymakers on pending laws and regulations.
Click the button below to access statewide and individual county fact sheets.