Powerful exhibit will make a stop at the White House
A National Safety Council exhibit that remembers more than 22,000 people who have died from opioid overdoses will be placed on the South Lawn of the White House in April.
As reported by Mass Live, the current administration will pay homage to the 22,000 Americans killed each year from prescription opioid overdoses with a public memorial stationed outside the White House next month.
Officials announced that the White House will partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service to place the National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death” memorial in the Ellipse by the South Lawn from April 12 to 18.
The President, who announced his plan to tackle opioid abuse during a stop in Manchester, New Hampshire last week, said he’s “very pleased to welcome the opioid memorial to President’s Park.”
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NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said her organization appreciates the administration’s focus on opioid abuse.
“This crisis is affecting our coworkers, friends and family members … we know that coordination and commitment from all stakeholders will be needed to solve this epidemic,” she said in a statement.
The “Prescribed to Death” memorial, which seeks to highlight the magnitude of the opioid crisis, features a wall of 22,000 engraved white pills with faces to represent those killed from prescription opioid overdoses in 2015, according to NSC.
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To learn more about the powerful Prescribed to Death exhibit, please visit Mass Live.