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Some lawsuits have resulted in smaller opioid manufacturers filing for bankruptcy, but the Sackler family doesn’t seem to be struggling as much as others associated with manufacturers. As the court cases continue, communities worldwide are beginning to condemn the family that is allegedly at the center of the opioid epidemic in both perpetuation and profit.
The lawsuits filed against Purdue Pharma and other brands allegedly responsible for the opioid epidemic started a wave of condemnation for this wealthy family with an estimated net worth of $13 billion.1 Following the lawsuits, museums including the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, and the Tate Family of museums are no longer accepting donations from this infamous family.1 This is important to note, as the Sackler Family has historically pursued philanthropic outreach in spite of its alleged involvement in the opioid epidemic.
In early September 2019, Courtney Love took to social media to voice her own concerns with the Sacklers. Specifically, she shared sparring words with Joss Sackler, fashion designer and wife of David Sackler who is part of the infamous Sackler family and served on Purdue Pharma’s board of directors.
Joss Sackler invited Courtney Love to a fashion show for her line, LBV, in early September. Sackler allegedly offered Love $100,000 to attend the show. Love took to Instagram to express her distaste with the invite, “This request from Joss Sackler is shameless and offensive after everything I, many of my friends, and millions of other addicts have been through with OxyContin. I’m sober, but I will always be an opioid addict, it doesn’t vanish. I will always be that, I am just in recovery,” Love said in social media posts. 2
Love continues in a statement to the Post, “I am one of the most famous reformed junkies on the planet — my husband died on heroin — What is it about me that says to Joss Sackler, ‘I will sell out to you?’ Well I won’t.” 2
Reports show that the attendance to Joss Sackler’s LBV September runway event was lower than initially suspected, and this is following the trend of shutting out this infamous family.1
Time and court cases will continue to shed light on the Sackler family’s true responsibility in the opioid epidemic with drugs like OxyContin.
The worldwide response to the opioid epidemic lawsuit shows that many stigmas surrounding addiction are changing, and individuals who are struggling with addiction should not be ashamed. Help is waiting.