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New York's Metropolitan Museum announced on Wednesday that it will cease accepting gifts from the billionaire Sackler family, amid allegations that it profited off the sale of the opioid OxyContin that is blamed for tens of thousands of deaths.
The move came after similar rejections by the Guggenheim museum in New York and the Tate in London as legal troubles mount for the Sacklers and their company Purdue Pharma, which manufactures the drug.
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'The Sackler family has graciously supported The Met for 50 years and has not proposed any new contributions,' the Met's president and CEO Daniel Weiss said in a statement.
'Nonetheless, in consideration of the ongoing litigation, the prudent course of action at this time is to suspend acceptance of gifts from individuals associated with this public health crisis.'
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The announcement came the same day that the American Museum of Natural History in New York said it had made a similar decision, without giving details.
The Centers for Disease Control blamed opioids for two-thirds of the 70,000 overdose deaths in the US in 2017, adding that 1.7 million people were suffering from addiction to painkillers like OxyContin in the same year.
The highly addictive drug is now subject to more than...
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