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How Pennsylvania is Battling Against Accidental Opioid Overdose Deaths

It is no surprise to anyone that the Opioid Crisis has become the #1 health concern facing the USA. According to US Department of Health and Human Services, in 2016 alone, 116 people died everyday from opioid-related drug overdoses and states such as Pennsylvania are trying to put a stop to this epidemic. In a recent article by Insurance Journal entitled “Accidental Deaths in Pennsylvania Rose in 2016, Driven By Opioid Overdose” it focuses on a new NSC exhibit: Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis.  This exhibit is has become a national effort to help educate Americans about the risks of taking opioids and put a face on the thousands killed from prescription opioid overdose.

According to NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman in a press release issued by the NSC, she states “The Stop Everyday Killers campaign brings people face-to-face with the crisis that has taken far too many friends and family members in Pennsylvania. One in four has been directly impacted by opioids, but we all can play a role in saving lives. The memorial encourages consumers to do two simple things: talk with their health care providers about opioids and clean out their medicine cabinets.”

What is The Prescribed to Death Exhibit?

This exhibit includes a memorial wall made of 22,000 small white pills, each carved with a human face, representing the 22,000 lost to prescription opioid overdose in 2015. Visitors will receive first-of-their-kind “Opioids: Warn Me” labels for insurance and pharmacy cards in an effort to prompt a critical conversation between patients and prescribers about risks and possible alternatives. One in three Americans prescribed an opioid in the prior three years did not realize the medicine they were taking was an opioid, according to the NSC survey.


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About the NSC

The NSC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by U.S. Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public.


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