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SMART: Providing Leadership in Mitigating the Opioid Crisis in Tennessee

The Substance Misuse and Addiction Resource for Tennessee (SMART) Initiative guides community leaders in implementing evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that mitigate damage from substance use disorder and the opioid epidemic.

Originating in 2020 as the SMART Policy Network, the SMART Initiative grew in scope as it was incorporated into the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service in early 2022. In addition to examining and communicating data and policies related to substance use disorder, the SMART Initiative seeks to empower communities and local governments to combat the overdose epidemic.

The SMART Policy Network periodically publishes research findings, data and best practices in the form of policy briefs. You can join our mailing list to get the latest policy briefs in your inbox, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.


New Policy Brief: The Need for Point-of-Care Testing of All Illicit Substances

KEY POINTS An estimated 107,477 overdose deaths occurred in the United States within the last year, with about 4,000 of...
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(Podcast) What does “primary” prevention for SUD look like? Everyone who’s gone to elementary school in the last fifty years has had some sort of “Just Say No”...
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Xylazine Fact Sheet

SMART has made available a fact sheet on Xylazine, highlighting all the information we currently know on this drug, including...
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Guest column: Harm reduction is key to recovery, preventing overdose deaths

Read the full article at Knox News. More recovery centers have opened, telehealth use has exploded, drug courts and treatment-oriented...
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(Podcast) Methamphetamine and the Overdose Crisis We are now in the fourth wave of the overdose crisis. Fentanyl is the still the most common drug...
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(Podcast) The New CDC Guidelines: Correcting Past Mistakes

    At the end of 2022, the CDC released new prescribing guideline for opioids, replacing their last set from...
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Naloxone Access Update: Over-the-counter Narcan expected in March, 2023

Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has announced that the FDA has fast-tracked their application for an over-the-counter (OTC) version of their trademarked...
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New Policy Brief: Harm Reduction

Key Points Harm reduction is a policy philosophy aimed at minimizing negative health outcomes by embracing compassion and rejecting stigma....
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