Last week’s House Oversight Committee hearing was the first time members of the Sackler family publicly addressed their alleged role in the epidemic.
The family will provide a $3 billion payout over seven years. However, the settlement does not include a statement of wrongdoing.
Responding to a New York Times story about her fashion brand, Joss Sackler accused the publication of “patriarchal efforts” aiming “to undermine women’s empowerment.”
The drug policy advocates, led by photographer Nan Goldin, held a covert die-in at the Guggenheim, then marching to the Met to publicly protest on its steps.
The Sackler family founded Rhodes Pharma in 2007, just months after pleading guilty to criminal charges that their family company, Purdue Pharma, had mismarketed OxyContin.
The Met’s Sackler Wing has become a site of protest due to its association with the late co-founders of Purdue Pharma, who have been revealed as conscious contributors to the opioid epidemic.
Approximately 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017 alone. For families hurt by addiction, the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire has created an unprecedented program that uses art as a healing tool for those affected by the epidemic in a state that’s ranked third in the nation for drug overdoses.
Protesters marched outside the governor’s office near Grand Central Station, carrying a mock overdose prevention center to urge approval of the five pilot prevention centers promised during Cuomo’s election campaign.
The artist is donating proceeds from the sale, a collaboration between Magnum Photos and the Aperture Foundation, to her activist group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now).
Artist Domenic Esposito and gallerist Fernando Luis Alvarez delivered the giant sculpture to the doorstep of drugmaker Purdue Pharma.
On Saturday, members of the group PAIN Sackler and other organizations gathered at the Temple of Dendur to decry the Metropolitan Museum’s association with the Sackler family’s painkiller fortune.
The secretive family whose pharmaceutical company hid the addictive effects of OxyContin also funds dozens of museums and universities.