The Black Poster Project


The Black Poster Project is a labor of love created by Dee Gillen after experiencing the loss of her son, Scott, to a heroin/fentanyl overdose in 2015 at the age 

of 27. It began with a simple post just prior to overdose awareness day 2019. 

Anyone wanting their loved one lost to addiction included in a picture presentation should send their information. In a few short months, this project has grown to include over 100 awareness posters, and sadly is not stopping at that number. 

The Black Poster Project has participated in various local area events. At times it is on full display, while other times a smaller grouping will accompany Alumni In Recovery speakers at local school meetings. People are asked to come and look at each one - look at their faces - look into their eyes - they will ‘speak back perhaps one of these faces may be someone familiar? Undoubtedly, questions of how this could have happened to this baseball player, this musician, this father, this mother? Be assured that the families left behind are no different than the observers and have asked the same exact questions at some point. The presence of these lost loved ones is used as a stark reminder of the devastation caused by addiction. 

For more information, or if you have a lost loved one you’d like added to 

The Black Poster Project, please contact Dee Gillen at:  or call/text 201.906.9055.

There is no cost to be included and the poster will become part of the awareness project at future events.