Plenary Speaker

Joelle Puccio, BSN, RN

Joelle Puccio (they/them) is a registered nurse with 17 years of experience in Perinatal and Neonatal Intensive Care.

Joelle worked for 7 years as the Director of Women’s Services for the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance, a peer run syringe access program in Seattle, WA, and served on the Board of Directors until 2020.

Joelle has been invited to speak at conferences convened by the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC), the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and more.

Joelle currently travels the country in their RV with their partner and 2 cats as a travel nurse, in order to learn about the experience of families affected by perinatal substance use and pregnancy criminalization in varying geographic areas.

Joelle’s main interest is the intersection of drug user rights and feminism, and they became passionate about advocating for people who use drugs after realizing that everything they had been taught about drugs from childhood through nursing school was wrong.

Joelle was featured in the Harm Reduction Coalition’s “Amplifying Hope” series. (Click HERE to read it.)

Keynote Speaker

Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, Race & Gender Justice Activist;

Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

The Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu knew from early in life that the one thing she would never be is a priest. She has always said, “I have my father’s nose, I do not want his job” However, after years spent as a development consultant, educator and race and gender activist she accepted her call to ordained ministry. She is an Episcopal priest who most recently was Associate Rector at All Saints, Beverly Hills.

The challenges of growing black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Naomi’s life as an activist for human rights. Those experiences taught her that our whole human family loses when we accept situations of oppression, and how the teaching and preaching hate and division injure us all.

Rev. Tutu is the third child Archbishop Desmond and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. She was born in South Africa and had the opportunity to live in many communities and countries. She was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the US.


June 2022 marks the 10th installment of the annual ADACBGA conference. We continue to offer exceptional educational sessions to our participants to earn their required certification credentials.

This fully in-person event provides a unique opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to interact and engage with hundreds of participants in the addiction and treatment field.

Our team would be excited to collaborate with you as a sponsor to find the right fit for your strategic goals and budget. We know that working together we can find the best way for you to showcase your products and services so that you receive the maximum return on your investment at this year’s event.

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Conference Location

* Schedule, speakers and topics are subject to change without notice

 2450 Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339