These activists staged a die-in at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing to protest the Sackler family’s role in America’s opioid epidemic.
Artist and activist Nan Goldin stated, “I came off Oxycontin a year ago. I overdosed, but I came back. Now it’s time for me to address the opioid crisis. I’ve decided to make the personal political. I know it in my body and I need to speak for all the other bodies that no longer can. There is one family at the eye of the storm — the Sacklers. They’re a Fortune 500 family. Their fortune is from pills, from Oxycontin, their bestseller.”
Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family, pioneered Oxycontin in 1995, which has generated $35 billion of profit for the company.
According to the CDD’s Prescription Opioid Overdose Data, “From 1999 to 2016, more than 200,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdose related to prescription opioids.
The Sacklers donated $3.5 million to the Met in 1974, and the wing they funded was the site of the protest.
Goldin and other protesters are asking that the Met not receive any future donations from th family and that the Sacklers move their money into treatment.