SNEAK PEEK: Provocative Opioid Memorial Opens In Houston Today

The National Safety Council will host its provocative opioid memorial, Prescribed to Death, at 11 a.m. CT Monday, Oct. 22, at the George R. Brown Convention Center (third floor lobby), 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, in Houston.

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.

Texas alone lost 1,375 residents to opioid overdose in 2016, comprising nearly 50 percent of all drug overdose deaths among Texans that year.

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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