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Harvard Keeping Sackler Name for Building Despite Opioid Lies

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Harvard University is being pressured by families who have lost loved ones to opioid overdoses to take the Sackler name off their art museum and refuse donations from the family that purposely drove up sales of OxyContin, creating an opioid epidemic
  • Harvard’s president claims this would be "inappropriate" as Arthur Sackler, who donated the museum, died nine years before the release of OxyContin, but Harvard fails to acknowledge the aggressive advertising tactics designed by Arthur Sackler were, in large part, responsible for the company’s high opioid sales
  • A lawsuit alleges Tufts University accepted Sackler money in exchange for name recognition and access to physicians to peddle their addictive drugs
  • County jails are now becoming detoxification centers as a high percentage of those incarcerated are addicted. Treatment inside the jail is only half the problem, as access to outpatient health care, insurance and treatment are necessary to reduce relapse

It may be difficult to imagine, but a single family may have had a direct effect on the massive epidemic of opioid-related addiction and deaths the U.S. is now experiencing.

The U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War between 1954 and 1975 led to the death of 58,200 military personnel. By comparison, in 2017 alone, 70,200 people died from drug overdoses, 68% of which involved an opioid.


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