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.

CME-accreditation is being sought. Check back regularly for updates.


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 the synthetics: how fentanils and synthetic cannabinoids 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 or have used heroin: what do they think about pharmacotherapy?
12:10 Panel discussion
12:25 Commitments to change
12:30 Lunch
12:45 Industry-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 Policy and harm reduction: lessons learnt from Portugal
15:20 Panel discussion
15:35 Commitments to change and day 1 close
15:45 Coffee break
16:00 Industry-sponsored satellite symposia
Time Topic Speakers
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 among PWID: are we on track for elimination?
10:00 HCV: Innovations in treatment
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 TBC
11:15 Complex cases: panel discussion TBC
12:15 Conference close and upcoming IOTOD 2019 activity announcements TBC
12:30 Lunch
12:45 Industry-sponsored satellite symposium


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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