As part of Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic, I formed a relationship with a single mom who lost her son to a Fentanyl overdose. His story is like so many others, where an unexpected dependence grew from a painkiller prescribed after an accident. The anguish and consequence of such a tragic loss of life is heartbreaking, and the horrifying fact is that this is only one family.
It is striking to think that this monument only captures this moment in time, especially since it required so much time and labor to create. The sad truth is that when this project is complete these numbers will already be obsolete. The crisis is ongoing, and the casualties are mounting.
Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic
In November 2018, the eleven Human Impact artists met with Brockton's High Point Treatment Center for candid conversations about the drug's devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities. The varied stories shared that day–from losing loved ones to sustaining recovery–fueled the creation of new art forms, with each artist responding to the larger devastation as well as the personal experiences of the interview subject(s) with whom (s)he was paired. –Beth McLaughlin, Fuller Craft Museum