Committee to Hold Second Hearing on Sackler Family’s Role in Opioid Crisis and Need for Reform

May 13, 2021
Press Release
Investigative Journalist and Author Patrick Radden Keefe to Testify

Washington D.C. (May 13, 2021)— On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. E.T., Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hybrid hearing to examine the Sackler family’s role in fueling 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.  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.


The Committee will hear from 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.




On December 17, 2020, the Committee held a landmark hearing with members of the Sackler family testifying in public under oath for one of the first times in history. 


On March 19, 2021, Chairwoman Maloney and senior Committee Member Rep. Mark DeSaulnier introduced the SACKLER Act, which closes a loophole in bankruptcy law by preventing individuals who have not filed for bankruptcy from obtaining releases from lawsuits brought by states, Tribes, municipalities, or the U.S. government in bankruptcy.




Full Committee hearing entitled, “The SACKLER Act and Other Policies to Promote Accountability for the Sackler Family’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic”



Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. E.T.



Patrick Radden Keefe
Author of Empire of Pain:  The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty


Additional witnesses to be announced.



A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.



117th Congress