The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. Why do top US colleges take money tainted by the opioid crisis? | US news | The Guardian

 A controversy is enveloping one of America’s wealthiest families. It involves the fraught relationship between pharmaceutical companies at the heart of the opioid crisis and the nonprofits they fund.

In this case, the company is Purdue Pharma, which is owned by the Sackler family. Their wealth exceeds $13bn, and over the years, the family have been generous patrons of medical research at the nation’s leading universities, including Columbia, Cornell, Tufts and Yale.

Purdue Pharma produces the opioid OxyContin. Purdue told doctors the drug had a low addiction rate, because it was a time-released medication. Alas, this was not the case. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death toll from OxyContin and related prescription opioids now exceeds 200,000. The federal government estimates that 2.4 million Americans currently suffer from opioid addiction disorders.

via The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. Why do top US colleges take money tainted by the opioid crisis? | US news | The Guardian

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One thought on “The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. Why do top US colleges take money tainted by the opioid crisis? | US news | The Guardian”

  1. Universities are underfunded and act as cheap prostitutes to corporations – it’s true in the US and UK. In the US most have also become diploma mills where the student is a client and popularity is all important for professor survival, along with corporate funding. I don’t know why anyone would take oxycontin anyway. As I recall it does nothing for pain or anything else. I can understand codeine addiction. I also don’t understand who is giving it out. When I last had a problem that warranted a pain killer all that the doctor would give me is tylenol without codeine, which did nothing at all. Apparently people who need opiates for short-term pain aren’t getting them and people who don’t need them are.

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