In observance of National Overdose Awareness Day 8/31/19, this public art campaign has been launched. These wings will be installed throughout the Appalachian region.
These wings are about a conversation that we need to have as a community: about harm reduction and praxis. We learned this summer that every pain pill in this country is tracked by the Drug Enforcement Administration. 76 billion opioids have been unleashed in just a handful of years. The data shows the highest concentration of pills targeting poor vulnerable communities in our region. There is an important conversation happening on a national level around accountability and the opioid epidemic thanks to P.A.I.N.
As a region, we need to do everything we can to join that conversation and demand opioid reparations. We all can look around and see the impact of this epidemic in our communities and our own lives. Opioids are similar to coal, another extractive economy: taking lives and dignity in exchange for billions of dollars. If there is any opportunity for part of that money to come back home, to be invested into the communities it was taken from, now is the time. Bring accessible, sustainable recovery and harm reduction resources based on need NOT on income or insurance to ground zero of the opioid crisis.
In July 2019, the largest civil action in U.S. history released unprecedented statistics of America's Opioid Epidemic. America’s largest drug companies poured 76 billion opioids into communities from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control. The information comes from a database maintained by the Drug Enforcement Administration which tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States- from manufacturers and distributors to pharmacies in every town and city. The data provides an unprecedented look at the surge of legal pain pills that fueled the prescription opioid epidemic, which has resulted in nearly 200,000 deaths from 2006 through 2012.