President Trump announced via Twitter late Wednesday morning the White House’s official partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service to highlight the National Safety Council’s “Prescribed to Death” Opioid Memorial.
The memorial is slated to open from April 12 to April 18 at The Ellipse, Constitution Avenue, between 15th & 17th Street, Washington, D.C. 20502.
Republican, Democrat, or in between, none can deny the opioid crises currently plaguing America today.
The president’s tweet emphasizes that “When many Americans think about the opioid crisis, they think of junkies overdosing on heroin. But commonly prescribed pain medications are the root of the crisis.”
It further stresses this point by displaying facts such as, “92,000,000 Americans were prescribed opioids in one year,” and of those, “22,000 of them died from an overdose.”
The goal of the memorial is to exhibit the “real faces behind the data” by etching 22,000 carvings of overdose victims into pill-like substances and displaying them for the public to understand the monstrosity of the crisis.
“A new pill will be etched on site every 24 minutes,” to correspond with the American overdose rate specifically linked to prescription opioids.
In addition to the memorial, “A dedicated website allows visitors to connect to each individual story,” as well as submit their own stories to be expressed on the site.
Caleb Fernandez, writer at The Daily Lev.