Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Petition: Harvard, cut ties with makers of OxyContin

One of Harvard's biggest donors is the maker of OxyContin.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Since OxyContin appeared in 1996, more than 200,000 people have died in the United States from prescription opioid overdoses. OxyContin's maker, Purdue Pharma, coordinated an effort to mislead doctors and patients about the dangers of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers.1 

Here in Massachusetts, the opioid crisis has hit hard. In 2016 alone, there were 1,821 opioid-related overdose deaths in our state.2 And yet one of our state's most prestigious universities, Harvard, takes millions of dollars from the Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma.

Harvard University must immediately cut all ties with the Sackler family and refuse any future funding from them.

Purdue Pharma has been the target of numerous lawsuits due to its efforts to flood the market with OxyContin. 

Massachusetts' own attorney general, Maura Healey, recently filed a lawsuit that aims to hold members of the Sackler family personally responsible for deliberately misleading the public about the dangers of OxyContin.3

The lawsuits are a good start, but we need to pressure Harvard to completely cut ties as well.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


—Jeremy Cohen


1. "Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate," The New York Times, January 15, 2019

2. "Massachusetts Opioid Summary," National Institute on Drug Abuse, accessed January 22, 2019

3. "Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate," The New York Times, January 15, 2019

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