Commissioner Berry to give the welcome address  at conference on opioid addiction  

The public health crisis of opioid addiction, which includes prescription medication and heroin, will be addressed at this year’s annual conference of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc., (AATOD). The national conference, taking place March 28 – April 1 in Atlanta, features experts from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state governments, and the healthcare industry.

As the conference host agency, DBHDD Commissioner Frank Berry will welcome all attendees on behalf our agency as a keynote presenter at the opening plenary session on March 30. He will also describe Georgia’s efforts in providing addiction treatment and recovery services. Others speakers at the session include Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and AATOD President Mark W. Parrino, who will present AATOD’s work with government in support of evidence-based opioid treatment.

Registration to the AATOD conference allows attendees access to workshops, pre-conference sessions and an exhibitor hall where more than 1500 people, including healthcare professionals, program administrators and other treatment providers, are expected to attend.