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Pill crisis

Linda Scarborough's avatar Linda Scarborough

My 2018 ArtPrize entry will bring awareness to the “Opioid Crisis” in the United States. I see this every day in my line of work as a therapist working with patients with chronic pain and in my personal life with friends and family. I see how these drugs have affected them and their families. The side effects of these drugs and other pain killers can affect all people, rich, poor and from all walks of life. They can ruin families and careers. Yet people who get addicted to these pills continue to take them even when they do not help with the pain any more. The two biggest things that have stuck in my mind and made me want to do this project is that 80% of all the Opioids prescribed worldwide are prescribed in the United States. The other is overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999, killing 91 people every day! My exhibit will show in the form of people from all walks of life, wearing T shirts with pictures of pills and the statements of what my co-workers and I hear everyday. Their cries for help, their cries out of frustration, and their cries of the pain they are dealing with. They tell how their jobs their families and their daily lives have been affected. These are ordinary people, and they are also extraordinary people. They are trained professionals, artists, laborers, nurses, therapists, single mothers, young adults, older adults and even children. My exhibit represents each one of them, their courageous struggles and frustrations, and their path to get off the pills and to “Get Well”. My exhibit is 5' x 6'.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: photography
  • Width: 6 foot
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 5 foot