Tufts University Cuts Ties With Family Behind OxyContin

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer

Members of the family that own OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma say they will push to reverse Tufts University's decision to strip their name from campus facilities and programs.

An attorney for several members of the Sackler family said in a statement Thursday that the school's decision is based on "unproven allegations about the Sackler family and Purdue."

Tufts leaders announced Thursday they were cutting ties with the family over concerns about its role in the opioid crisis.

They plan to remove the Sackler name from the university's graduate school of biomedical sciences and its medical school building, along with a laboratory and two research funds.

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