Stericycle Joins NSC Program as Medical Disposal Partner

"Our nation is in the midst of the worst drug crisis in recorded history, but we know there are things we can do to save lives," said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "One of the simplest things they can do is clean out their medicine cabinets, and Stericycle is making that much easier."

Lake Forest, Ill.-based Stericycle, Inc. announced it has joined the National Safety Council as the exclusive medication disposal partner for its Stop Everyday Killers national education campaign focused on the opioid epidemic. Their national campaign will illustrate the faces behind the numbers, educate people on the scope of the problem, and promote solutions.

It launched last week in Chicago with the unveiling of Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis, described as an interactive art installation that features a wall made of medicine pills, each of which is carved with an image of from the 22,000 people who died last year due to prescription opioid overdose. Stericycle reported that a new pill will be 3D printed on site and added to the wall every 24 minutes to represent the fact that someone dies every 24 minutes from an opioid overdose.

"Our nation is in the midst of the worst drug crisis in recorded history, but we know there are things we can do to save lives," said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "The campaign honors those who have been lost to this epidemic while also offering hope and empowering visitors to take action. One of the simplest things they can do is clean out their medicine cabinets, and Stericycle is making that much easier. We are proud to collaborate with them on this important issue."

Stericycle will provide complimentary Seal&Send medication disposal envelopes to everyone who visits the memorial in Chicago. These are a safe and anonymous method to mail unused medicines for disposal. "We are pleased to work with the National Safety Council on this incredible campaign and hope it will shine a light on our country's opioid crisis, as well as the options to help combat the problem," said Charles A. Alutto, president and CEO of Stericycle.

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