New York: Protesters Target Sackler Family over Opioids at Met Protest

HeadlineMar 12, 2018
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In New York City, about 100 demonstrators flooded an exhibit in the Sackler Wing of the Metropolitan Museum on Saturday, throwing hundreds of pill bottles into a moat surrounding an exhibit on Egyptian art, in a protest against the opioid crisis. The protest targeted the Sackler family—owners of the company that invented OxyContin. A recent Esquire magazine exposé reveals how the Sackler family downplayed the risks of the drug’s addiction and exploited doctors’ confusion over the drug’s strength. The Sackler family has given a fortune to museums, including the Met.

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