The “Pill Man” paid a visit to Purdue Pharma.
Artist Frank Huntley brought his life-sized sculpture, made of nearly 300 prescription bottles with a skull for the head, to the doorsteps of the Stamford-based pharmaceutical company Monday.
Huntley said he built to make a statement.
“Pain is hard on anybody,” said Huntley. “So to relieve that pain and take a pill, I get that. I understand it. But when the drug controls you when you don’t need the pill, you want it, you start having those withdrawals, that’s not the way to live, on a pill.”
He built it to raise awareness about the dangers of opioids after seeing how addiction affected his own life — he’s lost loved ones, but was also addicted to painkillers himself for many years.
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Every single one of the nearly 300 bottles used in the sculpture were prescribed to Huntley between 1998 and 2012.
He hopes to bring Pill Man to other cities.