Protesters demonstrated at New York City’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum Friday night in protest of the Sackler family, major contributors to the museums and the makers of OxyContin. The Sackler family controls Purdue Pharma, which produces the controversial drug. OxyContin is stronger than morphine and is largely responsible for the opioid crisis in the United States, which claims the lives of more than 100 people a day. The Sacklers are well-known in cultural circles for generations of international philanthropy. The family is a major contributor to the Guggenheim Museum and the Met, as well as Yale University and the Royal Academy in Britain. Protestors marched down Fifth Avenue in NYC from the Guggenheim to the Met, demanding the institutions remove the Sackler name from their institutions.
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