Tufts University to Remove Sackler Name From Buildings

  • Tufts University has made the decision to remove the Sackler family name from their buildings as the Purdue Pharma owners, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, are being blamed for fueling the US opioids crisis.
  • There are several medical and scientific departments that bear the Sackler name and the university has acknowledged receiving gifts from the family over the years, as well as soliciting them.
  • Tufts released a statement saying: “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others have shared with us the negative impact the Sackler name has on them each day, noting the human toll of the opioid epidemic in which members of the Sackler family and their company, Purdue Pharma, are associated.”
  • As a result of several court cases and high-profile protests, some universities and museums in the US and UK took the stance they are no longer taking donations from the family, which include, Columbia University, the University of Washington, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Tate art group, and the Serpentine gallery.