The Opening Plenary will review AATOD’s policies and strategies in Florida and nationally. Dave Kneessy, Regional Director for Central Florida Treatment Center, will welcome conference attendees and provide an overview of this exciting and amazing conference. Mr. Kneessy will be followed by DCF Director Ute Gazioch who will review the strategies and services that DCF has enacted in Florida to combat the opioid epidemic. She will review the evidence based practices that have been implemented at the treatment level and impacted our community. Mr. Mark Parrino, AATOD President, will provide an overview of the challenges, opportunities and accomplishments of AATOD over the past 18 months and will provide insight into the Associations plans and strategies for the future. Senator Rick Scott will review the progress Florida has made over the years going from the pill mill crisis to declaring the State of Emergency. Mr. James Carroll from the ONDCP will share the initiatives of the White House, the National Drug Control Strategy and funding through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and Drug-Free Communities (DFC).