As Tufts was announcing last week that it plans to “remove [the] Sackler name from [its] medical school facilities and programs," on Dec 6, one city over in Cambridge, Harvard students joined community members in unveiling a pointed art installation on the topic.
"It’s going from Central Square in Cambridge over the Mass Ave Bridge and then into the Boston Common. Both cities are heavily affected by drugs and alcohol, and most have a deep sense of community. Families have been torn apart, and they’ve also been brought back together."
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I got people telling me, “Yes, I’m in recovery, but who the fuck are you to tell somebody how they should recover? Who the fuck are you to tell somebody that they aren’t in recovery because they are on medication?” And I’m like, “Because they’re fucking not! What the fuck are you talking about?”
“I have very close family members who have been directly affected by the opiate crisis ... They struggle with addictions that were brought on by the exact marketing tactics that the Sacklers used to make billions of dollars.”
By 2014, it was a full-court press, with Suboxone lobbyists pushing more than 10 bills on Beacon Hill