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National Safety Council Adopts Interactive Map That Memorializes Those Lost to Opioid Overdose

The National Safety Council is adopting the Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map, which allows family and friends of those lost to the opioid epidemic to place an image and description of their late loved one on an interactive map. The project helps raise awareness of the broad impact of the opioid crisis and advances the Council’s mission of ending opioid deaths.

Unintentional, preventable injuries – commonly known as “accidents” – claimed a record high 161,374 lives in 2016 to become the third leading cause of death in the United States for the first time in recorded history, according to Council data analysis. The unprecedented spike has been fueled by the opioid crisis. Unintentional opioid overdose deaths totaled 37,814 in 2016.

“One in four people in the U.S. has been directly affected by the opioid epidemic,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “The Celebrating Lost Loved Ones map can help reduce the stigma around opioid-related deaths by allowing us to get to know those in our community who were loved and are so deeply missed.”

The NSC Survivor Advocate Network realized the impact that location intelligence and visualization could have to raise awareness, while also connecting others dealing with opioid tragedy. Taking over the map is the latest component of the NSC mission to eliminate all preventable deaths, in part, by personalizing a crisis that has affected so many people.More information about how consumers can address this public health and safety crisis is available through the Stop Everyday Killers campaign, which has put a face on the opioid epidemic through film, digital assets and a traveling memorial exhibit.


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