We are a group called P.A.I.N, organized by Nan Goldin to address the opioid overdose crisis in America. We are artists, activists, and people dealing with addiction who employ direct action as a platform to meet our demands. We target the Sackler family, who manufactured and pushed Oxycontin, through the museums and universities that carry their name
We demand that all museums, universities and institutions worldwide remove their Sackler signage.
We demand that Purdue Pharma, Mundipharma and Sackler pharmaceutical companies worldwide forfeit all profits from Oxycontin as restitution to the communities and families that they’ve destroyed.
We demand the courts seize the Sackler family’s pharmaceutical fortune and use it to fund:
-Narcan, the life-saving medication that reverses overdose. Narcan must be available at no-cost in every home, in every prison and carried by every first responder. Public dispensers of Narcan must be installed on every corner in America.
-Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), All barriers to prescribe MAT must be removed. MAT must be made affordable to all people with Opioid Use Disorder in and out of prison.
-Harm Reduction through Overdose Prevention Centers and clean needle exchange centers that provide lifesaving medical resources.
-Effective treatment, Evidence-based treatment is a vital step toward repairing harm. Government funding for the overdose crisis must no longer be diverted into law enforcement or used to fund abstinence-based treatment models.
The Sacklers must not be involved in the allocation of these reparations, as they inevitably find a way to profit off the crisis they’ve created.
The Sacklers have ignited the largest public health crisis in American history. They must be held accountable for the harm they’ve done and are now attempting to unleash on a global scale.
We thank the museums and institutions that have cut ties with Sackler funding and urge all cultural institutions to follow their example and to divest from dirty money.
All opioid settlement funds must be specifically allocated to focus on abating the overdose crisis and overseen by panels that include members of communities hardest hit by the crisis
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