"Bender" 2020


Starting in the 1990’s certain pharmaceutical companies began a campaign to convince the medical community (and the public) that opioids were non-addictive and a great choice for pain management. Come to find out it was a lie. By 2018 data showed that 128 people die EVERY DAY after overdosing on opioids. 


Six companies are responsible for the distribution of 75 percent of the pills during this period: McKesson Corp., Walgreens, Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen, CVS and Walmart. Three companies manufactured 88 percent of the opioids: SpecGx, a subsidiary of Mallinckrodt; ­Actavis Pharma; and Par Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals. All 10 of these companies are now being sued in federal courts and by roughly 2,ooo cities, towns, and counties across the country that have felt these effects of this epidemic. The response from pharma is to blame the prescribing doctors and the patients themselves. God Bless America!

This piece is entitled "Bender". It is from a working series called "America's Favorite Pastime" which uses the tools of baseball to critique the myth of the American dream. The piece is a commentary on the opioid crisis and the greed of American pharmaceutical companies. It is made with the cork core of a practice baseball and coated with glitter and oxycodone. It is displayed hanging.