‘This is blood money’: Tate shuns Sacklers and others urged to follow

Pressure builds on other institutions to disavow Sackler family over OxyContin, powerful painkiller linked to opioid deaths Earlier this year at the Guggenheim in New York, Tate Modern has escaped a similar fate. On Thursday, the Tate group Sacklers, the family whose most prominent billionaire members own the company that makes OxyContin, a prescription painkiller opioids crisis. The company, Purdue Pharma, and investigated and sued, accused of knowingly misleading the public about the dangers of OxyContin and profiting from sales and marketing strategies that deceived doctors and rewarded them for over-prescribing the drug. Those cases are drawing increasing attention, as are protests by activists who want arts and academic institutions in the US, UK and elsewhere to eschew Sackler money. …