Supporting Tennesseans Affected by Substance Misuse and Addiction

Research shows that more than 70,000 Tennesseans currently suffer from opioid use disorder. Further, substance use disorder comes at an economic cost—estimated at more than $2 billion for the state.
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Through formation of the Substance Misuse and Addiction Resource for Tennessee (SMART) Policy Network, the UT System is harnessing its full strength to support Tennesseans affected by substance misuse.

Formed in October 2020, the SMART Policy Network provides evidence to Tennessee communities and decision makers on best practices by delivering written reports, directed consultations and public forum presentations. It is a collaborative effort involving thought leaders from multiple units across the UT System as well as the East Tennessee State University Addiction Science Center, the state judicial system, private treatment providers, the Metro Drug Coalition and many others.

The goal is for the network to become a valued resource for data-driven, evidence-based, non-partisan and actionable policy information on substance misuse and addiction for the state of Tennessee. The group is first addressing policy and information surrounding telehealth availabilities and criminal justice reform.

Smart Policy Network

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