Sackler Family's Donation To British Museum Is Quashed Over Opioid Fallout

The Sackler family’s $1.3 million donation to the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery will not go ahead as planned, as both sides say they’re concerned that allegations of opioid profiteering against the family could overshadow the gift and become a distraction.

“It has become evident that recent reporting of allegations made against Sackler family members may cause this new donation to deflect the National Portrait Gallery from its important work,” a spokesperson for the Sackler Trust said.

“The allegations against family members are vigorously denied,” the spokesperson’s statement said.

The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, the company that has made billions of dollars off of OxyContin — and which is accused of pressuring doctors to prescribe the opioid while also misleading the public about its dangerous…

Original published: 2019-03-20 09:15:17 Read the full New York City News here


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