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Empty Shoes at Liberty Pole Stark Reminder of Opioid Crisis

Empty shoes neatly lined the Liberty Pole, visualizing an opioid crisis that has ravaged Monroe County, destroying lives in its wake. Each pair of shoes belonged to someone who overdosed. Earlier this week, Monroe County’s Office of the Medical Examiner reported there were 206 opioid-related overdoses in 2016 in the region. Data showed the bulk of these overdoses happened specifically in Monroe County. 189 to be exact.“It’s striking,” said Pamela Quirk, a bystander who was in the downtown area. “You see it in the news a lot but there’s raw pain here. No offense, but it’s something the news can’t quite capture when they talk about the data. I think it’s cool that the families would even do this. It has to hurt.”  Read more.

 


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