Delegates from around the world commit to “Make Change Happen” at IOTOD 2016
Over 300 healthcare professionals from around the world met in Bristol, UK, at the 14th annualImproving Outcomes in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (IOTOD) for 3 days of inspirational and interactive education. Organised by PCM Scientific, this 3-day CME-accredited conference is a flagship meeting in the field of addictions therapy, bringing together healthcare professionals from around the globe to learn and commit to best practices to benefit the lives of patients. Sharon Walsh, Professor of Behavioral Science and Psychiatry Centre on Drug and Alcohol Research, University of Kentucky, US, and John Marsden, Professor of Addiction Psychology, Addictions Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK, chaired the 3-day conference. Delegates participated in multiple sessions including 2 workshops: Saving Lives: Preventing Opioid Overdose Chaired by Professor Sir John Strang, Director, National Addiction Centre, King's College London, UK, and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV): Changing Landscapes in Opioid Dependence Chaired by Mr. Charles Gore, Chief Executive of the Hepatitis C Trust London, UK. These two workshops sparked hundreds of questions and comments, and encouraged delegates to reflect and submit their own personal commitments to make changes in their daily practice. The latter workshop will also be available on our IOTOD website as a CME-accredited interactive webcast, allowing those addiction specialists unable to attend to benefit from this innovative education. High regard for the event is evident from delegate responses: “…thank you yet again for a great conference and a perfect 3 days of learning…” “I have the utmost confidence that some of the information I will be passing onto my colleagues will go to improve the lives of the service users we help and guide on a daily basis.” “…a memorable conference for all the right reasons.” The 15th annual IOTOD meeting is scheduled for the 22nd–24th March 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. Registration will open soon. To find the full funding statement for the 2016 IOTOD meeting, pleaseclick here.