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Touring memorial to opioid victims coming to Canalside

The National Safety Council’s touring memorial to opioid victims will visit Canalside in Buffalo from Aug. 20 to 26. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a wall of 22,000 engraved white pills, representing the faces of those lost to prescription opioid overdoses in 2015.

Avi Israel of Buffalo, who founded Save the Michaels of the World after losing his son, Michael, who was addicted to narcotic pain killers, loaned his personal belongings to display with the exhibit. It includes a short video of Israel telling Michael’s story.

Visitors who have lost someone to opioids will be able to add their name to a digital memorial or remember them by sharing photos, flowers or personal effects on site. For more information, visit

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