Florida & Opioids Research

At Opioids & Florida: The Collaboration Imperative, we revealed and examined a full range of publicly available data to create a powerful and informative view of the crisis in Florida by region. Access the full presentation below:

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The Collaboration Imperative

Opioid misuse, abuse and overdose continues to rise, creating a crisis for families and communities throughout the U.S. In Florida, the crisis has been identified as a public health emergency.

We know the crisis is complex and multifaceted. Addressing the epidemic requires close alignment and sustained collaboration among multiple stakeholders. It requires us to ensure that the best solutions are selected and that they are aligned to the true drivers of the epidemic.

GuideWell is convening influencers, experts and decision makers to fully understand the crisis in Florida and shine a light on effective solutions. Through empathetic discussion, data analysis, and thoughtful prioritization, we can improve lives and increase the effectiveness of our critical support systems.

At this event, we will gain a thorough understanding of the crisis in Florida, how Florida compares to the national crisis, and learn from collaborative efforts from around the nation. Together, we will have an opportunity to explore the areas of greatest need. Our goal is to inspire and galvanize us toward a strong collective impact. We invite you to join us.


Joining us at Opioids & Florida are thought leaders who will help lead meaningful conversations and share what’s working in similar landscapes around the country.

*Additional speakers to be named.


Monday, October 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast
10:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. - Main Session
2:50 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Bonus Workshop
GuideWell Innovation Center
Lake Nona Medical City | Orlando, FL.


  • 10:00: Welcome from GuideWell
  • 10:15: The Opioid Crisis in the U.S.
    We will gain an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the current crisis in our country.
  • 11:15: Successful Collaborative Efforts
    Leaders from Massachusetts, Ohio and Vermont will share successful private and public collaborative efforts driving significant outcomes on the crisis in their states.
  • 12:15: Lunch
  • 12:45: Florida Opioids Research
    A full range of publicly available data was explored and synthesized to create a view of the crisis in Florida - by region. We will reveal and examine this data in this session.
  • 1:20: A Successful Response for Florida
    Hear from a variety of stakeholders to learn about successful efforts, understand gaps/needs and explore priorities and actionable recommendations for future collaboration in Florida.
  • 2:25: Closing
  • 2:50: Bonus Workshop: Tech Enabled Solutions to Combat the Opioid Crisis


This carefully curated, invitation-only audience of 200 attendees will include a full range of stakeholders from across Florida, ensuring diversity of perspective and experience. Attendees will include:

  • Executives across the health care continuum
  • Behavioral health and treatment centers
  • People with Opioid Use Disorder and their families/caregivers
  • Universities and research institutions
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Community and support organizations
  • Law enforcement and first responders
  • Entrepreneurs

The Venue

The GuideWell Innovation Center is an innovation facility located in Orlando, Fla.'s Lake Nona Medical City. Located among some of the nation's top hospitals, universities, research institutions, and health and science companies, the GuideWell Innovation Center is designed to be an epicenter for health innovation—a place to reimagine and reshape the future of health. It provides an environment where entrepreneurs, research and development experts, and health care leaders collaborate to create, challenge and commercialize the next generation of health solutions.

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