Substance Misuse and Addiction Resource for Tennessee (SMART) Initiative

SMART Initiative: empowering Tennessee to overcome the overdose crisis.

“Has fentanyl peaked?” is the wrong question.

On May 21, the New York Times published an article titled “Has Fentanyl Peaked?” The premise is that the “opioid...
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SMART in the news: “A chance collaboration between the nightlife director and a police sergeant has yielded a breakthrough”

"One of his partners in that effort was Trevor Henderson, the former director of Metro Public Health’s Overdose Response Program...
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SMART’s Trevor Henderson awarded for prior work on overdose response

SMART's Middle Tennessee substance use response consultant, Trevor Henderson, was honored by the Department of Justice with the 2024 Award...
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Forest For the Trees: The Stigma of Substance Use During Pregnancy

Watch this documentary on the stigma of substance use during pregnancy, masterfully produced by ETSU's Dr. Kelly Moore, funded by...
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(Podcast) Recovery Community Centers Are Changing Everything

Click here to listen on Spotify Naloxone. Access to treatment. Housing. Employment. Educational opportunities. We’re used to hearing about the...
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Jefferson County Recognized for Opioid Settlement Planning Process

Jefferson County proudly announces it’s received one of the inaugural awards for Excellence in the Application of the Opioid Litigation...
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(Podcast) Nashville’s Overdose Co-Response Unit Brings Harm Reduction to Law Enforcement

Click here to listen on Spotify As the drug overdose deaths continue to climb, we have heard more and more...
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New Policy Brief: What is the Risk of “Captagon” and Other Pill-Pressed Stimulants in Tennessee?

KEY POINTS The U.S. is the world’s largest market for amphetamine-type stimulants. While “ice” methamphetamine is the predominant type seized...
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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.

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