Visualizing The Overdose Crisis at Photoville

72,306 people died of drug overdoses in 2017.  That number eclipses the highest previous year by more than 10%, accounting for more than 198 deaths each day.  To understand the magnitude of this number, it exceeds deaths attributed to firearms and car accidents —combined.  Unfortunately, just like the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s, the federal government’s best plan has been to return to a strict crime-and-punishment model for a crisis that is demonstrably a matter of public health.

Sadly, this approach is failing.

Right now, a person dies from an overdose every seven minutes and 19 seconds in the United States.  Luceo's Photoville exhibition illustrates that in real-time.  A timer is displayed prominently in the exhibit, counting down to the next overdose.  When it reaches zero a single steel bearing, representing a single life, falls onto the bell below before passing through the channel on the floor.  When the bell rings, a single portrait on the wall --one of 198, representing the number of people who die each day --turns from white to red at random.

Supervised Use, Explained, in a Mailer for New Legislators

admin - December 22, 2018

In late 2018, the Denver City Council overwhelmingly voted to open a supervised use site in the city.  Supervised use is a clinically-proven harm reduction practice that promotes public health...

Decarceration Project Website: Bail Reform, Explained

admin - October 24, 2018

The Decarceration Project represents the Legal Aid Society's flagship program advocating for just and equitable bail reform in the state of New York.  To explain and further their initiative, Luceo...

15 Seconds of Truth for the 12th National Harm Reduction Conference

admin - April 26, 2017

This October Luceo travelled to New Orleans to film real people sharing their true stories about how harm reduction has touched their lives, 15 seconds at a time.  Luceo spent...