The 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.

Partner with communities to curate and disseminate balanced perspectives to inform sustainable, evidence-based policies to prevent substance misuse and advance effective treatment and recovery support services for Tennessee.
Resilient communities empowered to overcome substance misuse.


What We Do

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.