First Lady Melania Trump visited a bizarre but powerful memorial on Monday, calling the experience “very moving.” The display is part of a traveling exhibit that’s on display in Washington, D.C. from Thursday, April 12 to Wednesday, April 18.
What appears at a distance to simply be a wall filled with white dots is transformed into a sea of faces upon closer inspection. Entitled "Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis,” the display has 22,000 pills attached to walls with tiny faces carved into them, according to NPR’s WESA.
Each face represents a person who took a fatal dose of prescription medication in 2015, the National Safety Council said. A machine that is part of the exhibit carves a new face into a pill every 24 minutes to illustrate how often someone dies in the U.S. from that type of overdose.
“One in four Americans has been directly impacted by the opioid crisis, but 40% still do not consider it to be a threat to their family,” the Council warned.
They also pointed out President Trump’s and Melania’s roles in battling drug abuse in our nation.
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said, "President Trump and his entire Administration are committed to combating the opioid 'crisis next door' on all fronts and with every community across the nation. The decision to bring the memorial to Washington is part of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump's efforts to raise awareness about the crisis and to make us each part of solution.”
The exhibit was displayed in Atlanta earlier this month. It’s expected to travel to Ohio soon.
Take a closer look at the entire exhibit below from the perspective of the mom of one of the faces:
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