Financial Times recently disclosed that Oxford University continues to woo the Sackler family. The Sacklers (current wealth is said to exceed US$11 million) dump shitloads of money on Oxford, enough for them to enjoy naming rights to university buildings and fellowships. They own Purdue Pharma, producer of OxyContin, a pain killer containing fentanyl, which is being abused by opiate addicts. In the US alone, fentanyl has claimed 107,000 lives in the year to August 2022.
In fact, overdoses have replaced suicide as the leading cause of death for Americans under 45 years of age, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
The drug is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine and 15 to 100 times stronger than heroin.
Last year, the US Drug Enforcement Agency seized 379 million doses of fentanyl, enough, it said, to kill every man, woman and children in the US.
Mexico’s biggest drug cartels, the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation, source the precursor chemicals required to make synthetic opioids from China – yes, it’s always the fucking Chinese – manufacture the drugs at secret factories in Mexico and then smuggle them into the US.
Some shipments involved pills known as rainbow fentanyl, which come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, and are specifically targeted at children. TARGETED AT CHILDREN!!! What the fuck!
Family Against Fentanyl is pressing the Biden administration to officially declare fentanyl a “weapon of mass destruction.”
Megan Kapler is an activist at another group called Prescription Addiction Intervention, the campaign group founded specifically to target the Sacklers’ “toxic philanthropy.” She said: “For institutions to maintain the Sackler name is to be complicit in their death toll, full stop. And that also goes for including them in their social circles. We would call on Oxford to pay attention to the origin of the money of their benefactors.”
Other institutions have already cut ties with the Sacklers.
But I guess, when it comes to money or principles, most will opt for money, Oxford included.