first_imgThe Sackler Trust, adonor to the University of Oxford since 1991, has put all further philanthropicdonations on hold due to its implication in the US opioid crisis. Dame Theresa Sackler, Chair of the trust released a statement, saying that “The Trustees of the Sackler Trust have taken the difficult decision to temporarily pause all new philanthropic giving, while still honouring existing commitments.” This comes after the NationalPortrait Gallery and the Tate Group both announced that they would no longeraccept gifts or donations from members of the family. More than £60 millionhas been donate to UK organisations since 2010. Since that same year, theCentre for Disease Control estimates that 243,678 have occurred as a result ofopioid overdoses. The Bodleian SacklerLibrary, as well as the Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean, arefunded by the $11 million the University has received from the family. The Connecticut andOhio Attorneys General also have cases against Purdue and the Sacklers, alongwith hundreds of others brought in U.S. courts. A court ruling states:“They [the 8 Sackler family members] directed deceptive sales and marketingpractices deep within Purdue, sending hundreds of orders to executives and lineemployees. The same statement reaffirmsthe Trust’s support for the Sackler family, eight of whom are named in alawsuit by the Massachusetts’sAttorney General. Purdue Pharma, and 17 associated individuals are accusedof using deceptive practices to push addictive drugs, that led to fatal overdosesand the evolution of the opioid crisis. “From the money thatPurdue collected selling opioids, they paid themselves and their familybillions of dollars.” Oxford University stated,in April last year, thatit would not reconsider donations from the Sackler family, despite theirinvolvement in the production of the addictive opioid. In addition, a Universitylecturer and teaching fellowship in the Earth Sciences are supported by thefamily’s donations. last_img

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