2015 Letter from the Conference Chair

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. (AATOD), it is my pleasure to invite you to the 2015 AATOD Conference being held March 28–April 1, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2015 Conference is sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities along with the Opioid Treatment Providers of Georgia.

AATOD has a history of providing an outstanding conference which continuously strives to provide conference attendees with new and exciting avenues for learning and growth, 2015 will be no different. In fact, for this conference we will have a first ever Documentary Screening. The documentary The Fix: The Feeling is Mutual is one way to accomplish this. What a unique opportunity to be both enlightened and trained! The conference will be filled with an abundance of other opportunities to socialize with those in the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) field and to gain knowledge about opioid overdose prevention, research within MAT, current ideas, and issues through Hot Topic Round Table Discussions, and a variety of other treatment related concerns. One of the most important issues that will be addressed at this conference will be the health crisis America faces as it relates to opioid dependence.

The conference theme is “Addressing a Public Health Crisis: Opioid Dependence” and the event comes at a unique time in American history. In their 2014 National Drug Control policy, President Obama, and the Office of Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) proclaimed that the United States is in an Opioid Epidemic. In addition, ONDCP has officially stated “we are significantly bolstering support for Medication Assisted Opioid Treatment.” It is important for us to take the opportunity of MAT becoming more recognized and accepted as a valid and essential piece of the recovery puzzle. We have a responsibility to those we treat to remain proficient in our knowledge of treating this disease. Our plenary speakers have been chosen to assist us in reaching this goal. To name a few, we expect CDC Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela Hyde, and ONDCP Director, Michael Botticelli as featured speakers.

The largest gathering of the MAT community will be at the 2015 AATOD Conference. AATOD and its membership are the authority on MAT. Although these modalities of treatment have been available since the 60s, with growing support there is a renewed interest in MAT. This conference has been designed to meet the needs of everyone from novice personnel to seasoned MAT providers, with offerings of the Clinicians Course, Workshops, Hot Topic Round Tables, Patient Advocate Training, and vendors for products and services that will benefit clinic business. This conference is intended for anyone who has an interest or concern about the opioid epidemic we are facing. It is our hope that this event is a catalyst for change in this public health crisis. Your participation is vital to the success of the conference.

Please join us for the 2015 AATOD Conference in Atlanta.

Sincerely,

 

Jonathan P. Connell, MA
2015 AATOD Conference Chair

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