Chairwoman Maloney to Hold Press Conference Ahead of Hearing on SACKLER Act and the Sackler Family’s Role in Opioid Crisis

Jun 4, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 4, 2021)—On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a press conference with Committee Member Mark DeSaulnier, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, P.A.I.N. Founder Nan Goldin, and Chair of  FED UP! Coalition Emily Walden ahead of the Committee’s hearing to examine the Sackler family’s role in causing America’s opioid epidemic and policies to promote accountability, like the SACKLER Act.

 

The hearing will examine the harm members of the Sackler family inflicted on American communities while enriching themselves through Purdue Pharma’s sales of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, and will feature testimony from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Truth Pharm Founder and Executive Director Alexis Pleus, and New York Times bestselling author Patrick Radden Keefe, whose recently published exposé, Empire of Pain:  The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, documents the history of the Sackler family and the fortune they amassed while fueling the opioid crisis.

 

The hearing will also evaluate the need for Congress to enact reforms like the SACKLER Act—legislation that would prevent individuals who have not filed for bankruptcy, like members of the Sackler family, from obtaining releases from individual liability through bankruptcy proceedings.  AG Healey, a Democrat, and AG Wasden, a Republican, have both endorsed the SACKLER Act.

 

WHAT:  

 

Chairwoman Maloney will hold a press conference in advance of full Committee hearing on the SACKLER Act and the Sackler Family’s Role in Opioid Crisis

 

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. ET

 

WHO:    

 

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney

Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform

 

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Committee Member

 

Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General

 

Nan Goldin

Founder, P.A.I.N.

 

Emily Walden

Chair, FED UP! Coalition

 

Media should RSVP to OversightPress@mail.house.gov by Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 9:00 AM for dial-in information.

 

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Issues: 
117th Congress