2019 Programme

The IOTOD conference offers a range of exciting and interactive sessions, involving thought-provoking talks and expert-led panel discussions.

The IOTOD 2019 programme is displayed below. Please note that this programme is subject to change prior to the conference.

The European Accreditation Committee in CNS (EACIC) has granted 8.5 CME credits to this Educational Event.

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Time Topic Speakers
08:30 IOTOD 2019 Welcome
Session 1 – Strategies for evolving populations: maximising new approaches and sharpening old tools
08:40 Chair introduction
08:45 Improving outcomes for the ageing opioid-dependent population
09:10 Demystifying complexities of opioid dependence related to chronic pain
09:35 The arrival of new psychoactive substances: how they are affecting opioid-dependent patients
10:00 Panel discussion
10:15 Commitments to change
10:20 Coffee break
Session 2 – At the forefront of treatment: challenges and innovations
10:50 Chair introduction
10:55 Refining abstinence-based pathways
11:20 Long-acting formulations: a paradigm shift in treatment?
11:45 People who use drugs: what do they think about pharmacotherapy?
12:10 Panel discussion
12:25 Commitments to change
12:30 Lunch
12:45 AbbVie-sponsored satellite symposium
Session 3 – Time to act: revolutionising overdose prevention strategies
14:00 Chair introduction
14:05 Implementing supervised consumption rooms in Europe: logistics, challenges and results
14:30 Reducing overdoses with take-home naloxone: lessons learnt from peer-to-peer distribution
14:55 For better or for worse–decriminalisation of drugs: outcomes from Portugal
15:20 Panel discussion
15:35 Commitments to change and day 1 close
15:45 Coffee break
16:00 Camurus sponsored satellite symposium
Time Topic Speakers
08:00 AbbVie-sponsored meet the experts session
09:00 Day 2 Welcome
Session 4 – HIV and HCV: how far have we come and where are we going?
09:05 Chair introduction
09:10 HIV among PWID: how far has Europe come?
09:35 HCV: innovations in treatment
10:00 HCV among PWID: are we on track for elimination?
10:25 Panel discussion
10:40 Commitments to change
10:45 Coffee break
Session 5 – Complex cases: panel discussion Chair: TBC
11:10 Panel introduction
11:15 Complex cases: panel discussion
12:15 Conference close and upcoming IOTOD 2019 activity announcements
12:30 Lunch
12:45 IOTOD satellite session on use of medical cannabis


Manoeuvres in the fog: drug-drug interactions in OST
Practicalities of transitioning between opioid agonist treatments
New horizons for treatment: translating the latest research into clinical practice
Tailoring behavioural interventions: emerging evidence and practical implications
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