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Guggenheim Will No Longer Accept Money From Makers Of OxyContin

March 24, 2019 - 2:44 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Guggenheim has joined museums around the world in refusing gifts from a family behind a controversial painkiller.

The Sackler family has given a lot of money to museums over the years, but there has been pressure on the institutions to refuse the donations.

Activists say the money is “tainted” because the family’s wealth comes from OxyContin, a prescription drug partly blamed for a wave of addiction sweeping over the nation that has led to thousands of overdoses.

Related: Activists Drop Phony Rx Scripts In Anti-Pharma Protest At Guggenheim

OxyContin was aggressively marketed in the 1990s by Sackler-owned Perdue Pharma, which profited mightily.

The family has given $9 million to the Guggenheim over the past decades, but now the museum says no more.

Last week, the Tate museum in London and the British National Portrait Gallery pledged to reject donations from the family.

The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the museum, however, will remain.