Opioid Memorial Wall

 

 

Opioids killed more than 42,000 people in the United States in 2016.1 To demonstrate the magnitude of the opioid crisis, an opioid memorial wall was created as part of the Lift The Label campaign. The wall stands eight feet tall and 34 feet long, and is constructed of 4,200 pill bottles; each pill bottle represents 10 Americans lost to heroin and prescription opioid overdoses in 2016. Every bottle has an anti-stigma message that encourages hope and recovery.

People are able to write on the back of the wall to remember a loved one who has struggled with or lost their life to opioid addiction. The wall is traveling around the state to community events. See the schedule below.

 

 

The wall is booked through fall 2018. If you’re interested in requesting the wall for display at an event in spring 2019, requests will be accepted beginning in January. Please contact Whit Oyler at whit.oyler@ucdenver.edu.

You can view the wall at the following events:

– In Golden, CO, on Aug. 28-29. The wall will be displayed at Jefferson County Public Health’s International Overdose Awareness Day event, which is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 29. The wall will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 28 and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Administration and Courts Building, 100 Jefferson County Parkway.

– In Denver, CO, on Aug. 31. The wall will be displayed at the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment’s International Overdose Awareness Day event from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Denver Central Library, 10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy.

– In Salida, CO, on Sept. 8-10. The wall will be displayed at a Chaffee Public Health event.

– In Grand Junction, CO, on Sept. 11-12. The wall will be displayed in conjunction with one of the Office of Behavioral Health’s Regional Opioid Crisis Response Forums.

– In Vail, CO, on Sept. 12-14. The wall will be displayed at the Colorado Hospital Association’s annual meeting.

– In Denver, CO, on Sept. 15. The wall will be displayed at Advocates for Recovery’s National Rally for Recovery from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Civic Center Park.

– In Alamosa, CO, on Sept. 19-20. The wall will be displayed in conjunction with one of the Office of Behavioral Health’s Regional Opioid Crisis Response Forums.

– In Pueblo, CO, on Sept. 26-27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The wall will be displayed at a Pueblo Substance Use Ecosystem community awareness event at Pueblo Community College. More details to come.

– In Fort Collins, CO, on Oct. 23-24 in conjunction with one of the Office of Behavioral Health’s Regional Opioid Crisis Response Forums.

– In Greeley, CO, on Oct. 30-Nov. 4 for a High Plains Library District event.

 

1 “Opioid Overdose.” Centers for Disease Control. March 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html