The People’s Opioid Summit

A gathering of the people, by the people, and for the people affected by Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Addiction.

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Press: The People’s Opioid Summit featured on location North Carolina station WRAL

Click here to see the segment on our event and on the work of Freida MacDonald with Know Hope.

Overcoming Stigma. Inspiring Hope. Saving Lives.

Has your life or that of a family member been torn apart by opioid addiction?
Have you been struggling to find solutions to help and care for someone suffering from Opioid Use Disorder?
Do you feel alone?
Are you looking for help and resources to reclaim your life?
Come out of the shadows and join us for 3 days of loving acceptance and support, October 5-7, 2021.
  • Hear from people who can help make sense of what you are going through.
  • Learn about the resources available to you right in your community.
  • Talk to people who have been through the same nightmare.
  • Get answers to your most pressing and urgent problems.
  • Get the resources you need.

In Crisis RIGHT NOW?

Welcome to the People’s Opioid Summit 2021!

Overcoming Stigma

Accepting, Supporting, and Helping those with Opioid Use Disorder

Inspiring Hope

For those addicted and those who love them

Saving Lives

Providing Life-Saving Information, as well as Supplies

Our Partnerships

We are so proud of what we were able to accomplish in the first People’s Opioid Summit held in 2020. We are even more excited to announce expanded partnerships and opportunities in 2021 and beyond!


Our 2021 flagship People’s Opioid Summit will include 3 days of information, activities, personal stories, and more. We will also be collaborating with the organizations below on events, fundraising, special projects, and much more. We invite you to learn more about these wonderful groups.

Our Sponsors

Emergent BioSolutions is the producer of NARCAN® Nasal Spray, the first nasal formulation of naloxone to be FDA approved for the treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. Designed for use in the community, NARCAN® Nasal Spray is needle-free and ready to use. NARCAN® Nasal Spray may counteract the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Since most accidental overdoses occur in a home setting, it was developed for first responders, as well as family, friends, and caregivers—with no medical training required.

Raleigh Coaching (soon to be Authentic Leadership Advisors) is an authentic leadership development company that delivers coaching, training, mentoring, and consulting to cutting-edge individuals and organizations who are seeking to create a more meaningful version of success. We have the charm of a community-based business, with a global reach. We develop leaders and cultures that honor individual creativity and innovation.

The People’s Opioid Summit is incredibly excited to announce a generous partnership with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in the United States. They have graciously agreed to provide their Just Five Education program to all attendees for FREE for 2 weeks following the summit. Registered attendees will receive more information about how to access this amazing resource as get closer to the event date.

Recorded Content

Recorded content from The People’s Opioid Summit 2020 is now available! Click the button below to purchase access to the recordings as well as our 88-page resource guide. If you attended the event, you will receive free access to these recordings. Click here to log in if you already have an account with access.

Purchase Recordings & Resource Access

The People’s Opioid Summit Merchandise is Available!

Show your support for The People’s Opioid Summit, Addiction Support, those in Recovery, and more with a variety of commemorative items.

During our Artistic Expressions opening event, internationally renowned artist Lyudmila Tomova honored us by producing a live painting, “Health Fairy”. It depicts an eagle, which symbolizes healing, enlightenment, freedom, and connection, and a person open to all that it has to offer.  We hope that these pieces can be a reminder of a wonderful event and that there is always hope to be found.

The People’s Opioid Summit Coronavirus Considerations

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers for people already suffering from mental illness and substance use disorders.


During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder, a share that has been largely consistent, up from one in ten adults who reported these symptoms from January to June 2019.


People with substance use disorders (SUD) are considered at increased risk of COVID-19 and serious complications. In addition, social and economic changes caused by the pandemic, along with the inconvenience regarding treatment access and adherence, can aggravate the SUD. Healthcare policies make it difficult for providers to address the needs of people with SUD with medications, harm reduction programs, and support groups.


As our country continues to go through waves of the COVID 19 Pandemic, we are dedicated to holding additional People’s Opioid Summits. For each individual iteration, we will determine whether the best course of action is to hold the event in-person, online, or offer a hybrid option. We will be sure to communicate options and possibilities with all attendees as we plan each event. If you have any questions about our 2021 Coronavirus considerations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Meet Marilyn Shannon


Those of you who attended or have purchased portal access for our 2020 North Carolina People’s Opioid Summit are likely familiar with our master of ceremonies and breakout facilitator, Marilyn Shannon. You may not be aware of the fact that the summit is Marilyn’s brainchild.


Marilyn has many talents. She is a speaker, journalist, coach, and author. While writing her latest book, “In Just One Afternoon.. Listening into the Hearts of People Impacted by Opioid Addiction“, Marilyn found herself having deep and meaningful conversations both with people who were living with Opioid Use Disorder, or the family members of people who had lost their battles with addiction.


One of Marilyn’s greatest passions is eliminating stigma and creating pathways for open communication and understanding. Upon giving it much thought and consideration, she realized that she needed to assemble a team to put together an innovative, inspiring, and informational event for anyone affected by the Opioid Epidemic. She partnered with her coaching home, the American Institute of Healthcare & Fitness, and her longtime marketing company, Media Integrations to bring this vision to life.


In her role as an #ExpertListener and #StigmaSmasher, Marilyn works tirelessly to help people better connect with one another. She truly believes that if we collectively work at loving people instead of judging them, the world will be a better place.


Learn more about Marilyn or contact her today at