National Safety Council opens opioid overdose victim memorial

The memorial wall includes 22,000 pills engraved with the faces of opioid overdose victims

By EMS1 Staff

CHICAGO — A memorial wall was created by the National Safety Council to honor the 22,000 people who die each year from an opioid overdose.

The exhibit, called “Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis,” includes 22,000 pills, each engraved with the face of someone who suffered a fatal opioid overdose, according to ABC News, and an onsite machine creates a newly-engraved pill every 24 minutes to highlight how often a fatal overdose occurs.

The memorial is currently in Chicago and will remain open to the public until Nov. 16, when it will begin making stops in Atlanta, Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh.


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