The People's Opioid Summit

A gathering of the people, by the people, and for the people affected by opioid addiction.

Event recordings are now available!

Click here to purchase the 2020 Resource Portal Access Pass and view videos of the entire event, as well our 88 page resource guide!

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.

In Crisis RIGHT NOW?

2020 Summit Recap

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

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

Welcome Message - Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin

2020 Speakers & Presentation Leaders

Representatives from the medical, legal, financial fields, and more!
Our inaugural People’s Opioid Summit broadcast from Raleigh, NC in October of 2020 featured an inspiring array of speakers and presenters from a variety of fields and backgrounds. We invite you to learn more about them as well as their professional and life experiences. If you would like to view recordings of our sessions and Artistic Expressions opening event, you may purchase access to our Recordings & Resource Portal.

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

While we are in the midst of a pandemic, we cannot ignore the impact of other public health crises such as opioid addiction. The original vision for The People’s Opioid Summit was as an in-person event. However, with the numbers of opioid-related deaths rising even more dramatically, we felt that it was the right decision to take our event virtual. In addition to allowing us to still assemble an exceptional lineup of speakers and presenters, we are still able to virtually provide an impressive about of information, support, and resources to virtual attendees.

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 both. We will be sure to communicate options and possibilities with all attendees as we plan each event. If you have any questions about our 2020 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