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 a day of loving acceptance and support.
- 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.
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 marilynshannon.com.