More than a hundred people participated in a protest led by artist Nan Goldin, last Saturday, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Protesters threw medicine bottles into the moat surrounding the ancient Egyptian “Temple of Dendur”, located in the wing built with donations from the Sackler family in 1974. The Sacklers own the pharmaceutical company that produces OxyContin, one of the most prescribed opioid pain relievers in the United States, now linked to thousands of overdose deaths and an out-of-control epidemic. The photographer, who battled addiction for years and underwent rehabilitation last year, founded the group PAIN with the aim of holding the pharmaceutical company accountable and combating drug prescription. More details on the painkiller empire can be found in the magazine's report The New Yorker (in English).
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