A memorial to address the opioid epidemic in America stops in Houston during its national tour.  The memorial is being hosted by the National Safety Council during its meeting in Houston.  An American dies every 24 minutes from opioid overdose.  A large amount of the time the drug is prescribed by a doctor.  The memorial contains a wall of 22,000 carved pills that has the face of a victim of opioid overdose carved into it.

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Below is a press release from the National Safety Council:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 22, 2018

Today: Provocative Opioid Memorial Unveiled in Houston

National Safety Council brings its traveling exhibit to Texas to raise awareness of an everyday killer

WHAT:                The unveiling of Prescribed to Death – a memorial to the victims of the opioid crisis

WHEN:                11 a.m. CT Monday, Oct. 22

WHERE:              George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, Texas (third floor lobby)

WHO:                  Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX (confirmed); Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (confirmed); Shelley Scalzo Brown, safety, health and environmental manager for AECOM (confirmed); Rex Butler, survivor advocate (confirmed)

WHY:                  The opioid crisis claims more than 49,000 lives annually. Texas alone lost 1,375 residents to opioid overdose in 2016, comprising nearly 50 percent of all drug overdose deaths among Texans that year. Meanwhile, 70 percent of employers NSC surveyed said they’ve been directly impacted by prescription drug misuse among employees.

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The National Safety Council – the country’s foremost authority on safety and a national leader in the fight to end opioid misuse – constructed the first-ever memorial art installation to remember the thousands lost to preventable opioid overdose. The Memorial features a wall constructed of 22,000 carved pills, each representing the face of someone who fatally overdosed on a prescribed opioid in 2015. The Council produced a short film that features those who have lost loved ones to overdose sitting face to face with current opioid users. The short film also captures the essence of the Memorial.

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The Memorial is free and will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24. Houston is the sixth stop on the Prescribed to Death nationwide tour. After debuting in Chicago last November, the memorial has stopped in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where it was displayed on the Ellipse in President’s Park adjacent to the White House. It last visited Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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*Visit StopEverydayKillers.org for a better understanding of the look and feel of the memorial.*

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Please call or email Maureen Vogel with questions or concerns – 630-329-9951 or maureen.vogel@nsc.org.

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