Opioid activists call on Harvard to reject future gifts from Sackler family, Owners of Purdue Pharma, company behind agressive marketing of OxyContin

A follow up to our story on the Harvard president joining the Goldman Sachs board where we referenced the university having turned over their medical research to PHARMA.

(From The Daily Caller)

Activists descended on the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University Friday to protest the school’s ties to a family they say made their fortune by deceiving the public over the addictive nature of opioids.

Nan Goldin, a photographer who founded the activism group Prescription Addiction Intervention Now (PAIN) after her own battle with addiction, led roughly 70 activists in the protest, including members of the Opioid Network coalition and students from Harvard Medical School, Boston University and New York University. The group entered the courtyard for Harvard Art Museums at roughly 4 p.m. chanting, “Sacklers lie, people die, fund harm reduction now,” and “people over profit,” reports The Boston Globe.

Goldin and the protesters are calling on the museum to reject all future contributions from the Sackler family, owners of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, given their aggressive marketing of opioid painkillers in the late 1990s that helped spark widespread opioid abuse and more than 200,000 prescription overdose deaths between 1999 and 2016.

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