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Opioid memorial unveiled at Empire State Plaza

May 20, 2019 07:00 PM

ALBANY - An opioid memorial was unveiled at the Empire State Plaza on Monday.

It features a wall of 22,000 small, carved "pills," each representing the face of someone who fatally overdosed on a prescribed opioid.

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In addition, there are short films that document stories of survivor advocates, not just to keep memories of their loved ones alive, but to remind people they need to become their own personal health advocates -- and they don't need to be prescribed to death. 

In New York State alone, 3,300 people were lost to opioid overdoses in 2017. That was a 16-percent increase in deaths over 2016. Those statistics serve as the impetus for the memorial.

The memorial is free and open to the public from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. It will be in place through Thursday.

This is the memorial's seventh stop on a nationwide tour.

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