Tate galleries to stop accepting donations from Sackler family amid opioid crisis

The Tate gallery group, including London's Tate Britain and Tate Modern, announced Thursday it will no longer take donations from the Sackler family.

(CNN)As criticism mounts over its purported connection with America's opioid crisis, the Sackler family may be falling out of favor with the art world.

British gallery group Tate said Thursday that it will no longer accept donations from the family, which owns pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma LP.
The Sacklers have donated more than £4 million -- about $5.3 million -- to the group in the past, a Tate spokesperson told CNN.
Purdue, which produces prescription opioid OxyContin, has been accused of contributing to the opioid crisis in the United States by aggressively marketing OxyContin while denying its association with overdose and death.
    "The Sackler family has given generously to Tate in the past, as they have to a large number of UK arts institutions. We do not intend to remove references to this historic philanthropy. However, in the present circumstances we do not think it right to seek or accept further donations from the Sacklers," Tat