Famed photographer Nan Goldin has started a petition against OxyContin billionaires and arts patrons the Sackler family.
“I survived the opioid crisis” writes the award-winning fotog in the introduction to her Change.org campaign. “I narrowly escaped . . . I was isolated, but I realized I wasn’t alone. When I got out of treatment I became absorbed in reports of addicts dropping dead from my drug, OxyContin.”
The Sacklers — who own Purdue Pharma, which has been accused of aggressively marketing the drug — are heavily involved in the art world. They have wings at the Met, the Louvre and the Royal Academy.
Goldin and her group PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) is demanding that the Sackler family “fund treatment and education programs and correct the misinformation regarding opioids.” It also states: “We intend to put pressure on museums, art spaces and educational institutions to refuse future donations from the Sacklers.”