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The $ 1.3 million donation to the UK National Portrait Gallery for $ 1.3 million will not continue as planned as both parties claim they are concerned that accusations of opioid profits against the family may shade the gift and turn into distraction.
"It has become obvious that the recent reporting of charges against Sackler's family members could lead to this new donation to divert the National Portrait Gallery from its important work," said spokesman Sakler Trust.
"Allegations against family members are strongly denied," the spokesman said.
Sackler's family owns Purdue Pharma, the company that has made billions of dollars from OxyContin – and is accused of pressure on doctors to prescribe the opioid while at the same time misleading the public about its dangerous addictive qualities.
"Sackers are major donors to museums, galleries and theaters in the US and Europe," says Elizabeth Blair of the NPR. "Artists and activists put pressure on these institutions to stop taking their money." But one of them, in particular from Massachusetts Chief Prosecutor Maura Hilli, is trying to get eight members of the Sackler family accusing them of trying to maximize their profits even when they know the pain killer is causing a fatal overdose. The lawsuit has added new details of the charges, depicting Purdue Pharma's former president and President Richard Sackler as "obsessed with the profits in Massachusetts and the rest of the country," the WBUR group said in January.
More revelations arose after heavy edits were withdrawn from Healey's 274-page complaint last month, indicating that Purdue Pharma has hired a consulting firm to help its vendors focus on prescriptive doctors. The lawsuit states that between 2008 and 2016, the pain relief company paid Sacler's family members more than $ 4 billion.
In response to this claim, Purdue Pharma said Healey's conclusions were wrong and that the company was being used as a scapegoat for the US opioid crisis.
Oxycodone – a semi-synthetic opiate whose forms include OxyContin and other brands – is the first cause of overdose deaths in 2011 when at least one specific drug is mentioned. Since then heroin and fentanyl have become the biggest threats to overdose in the ongoing opioid crisis. But at least in 2016, the rate of overdose of oxycodone has risen slightly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prescription.
The Sackler family's donation to the National Portrait Gallery in London is indefinitely since 2016 when the Sackler Sankler pictured it. as a way to pay for a construction project. Since then, the BBC has reported that "the gallery was considering whether to accept it." family.
"We understand and support their decision not to continue at that time with the donation," said David Ross, the president of the National Portrait Gallery. A gallery spokesman added: "We fully respect and support the decision of the Sackler family."