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Giant heroin spoon art is moved again, to drugmaker's gates

Giant heroin spoon art is moved again, to drugmaker's gates Photo: AP.

February 07, 2019 02:53 PM

COVENTRY, R.I. (AP) — An artist has moved his giant sculpture of a burnt spoon to a Rhode Island drugmaker's office to protest the opioid crisis.

The Providence Journal reports that 48-year-old Domenic Esposito, of Westwood, Massachusetts, and a partner placed the nearly 11-foot-long, 800-pound (3-meter-long, 360-kilogram) spoon at the front gates of Rhodes Pharmaceuticals in Coventry on Thursday.

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Esposito, whose brother has struggled with addiction, says his sculpture is about "exposing this web of influence that big pharma has had on us."

A spokesman for the company could not be reached Thursday.

Esposito has previously taken the spoon to Purdue Pharma's Stamford, Connecticut, headquarters and to the Massachusetts Statehouse as a gift to state Attorney General Maura Healey.

He says he may engrave the names of people who died of overdoses on future spoons.

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