Stericycle Environmental Solutions Partners with National Safety Council to Bring Opioid Crisis Campaign to Albany
Stericycle Environmental Solutions, a leading provider of environmental and regulated waste management solutions, announces it is continuing its partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC) to bring the Council’s opioid memorial to the New York State Capitol May 20–23.
Stericycle Environmental Solutions is the exclusive medication disposal partner for the Council’s “Stop Everyday Killers” national education campaign addressing the opioid epidemic. “Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis” is free and open to the public from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on May 20, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 21–23. The exhibit — displayed at the base of The Egg on the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza near the convention center — puts a face on the worst drug crisis in recorded United States history, personalizing an issue that has been declared a public health emergency.
“There are people behind the statistics, and this exhibit puts a face to each one,” said Kelly Nantel, vice president, communications and advocacy of the National Safety Council. “The data can change policy, but the personal stories can change behaviors and culture. We are honored to bring this powerful exhibit to Albany and help visitors understand what they can do to help us eliminate these preventable deaths.”
Albany is the seventh stop on the memorial’s nationwide tour. Unveiled in Chicago in November 2017, the memorial previously visited Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Fayetteville, Ark., Houston, Buffalo, N.Y. and Washington, D.C., where it was displayed on the Ellipse in President’s Park at the White House.
This interactive art installation includes a wall made of medicine pills, each individually carved with images of the 22,000 people who died last year due to prescription opioid overdose. Additionally, a new pill bearing a human face will be 3D printed on site and added to the wall every 24 minutes to represent the fact that someone dies every 24 minutes from an opioid overdose.
“Along with our partners at the NSC, we are pleased to share ‘Prescribed to Death’ with the Albany community,” said Meg Moynihan, director of strategic marketing for Stericycle Environmental Solutions. “Our hope is that this emotionally moving memorial will help Albany community members better understand the opioid crisis plaguing our nation, as well as the steps each one of us can take to help combat it.”
To ease the process of returning unused pills and bring further awareness to this epidemic, Stericycle will provide complimentary Seal&Send medication disposal envelopes to all memorial visitors in Albany. As part of the industry’s most comprehensive pharmaceutical disposal program, Stericycle’s Seal&Send Envelopes are a safe, reliable and anonymous method to easily mail unused medicines for disposal.
For more information on Stericycle Environmental Solutions, please visit www.stericycleenvironmental.com. For more information about the campaign and for a closer look at the memorial, please click here.