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Plaque honoring Sacklers will continue to hang at UConn Health

A plaque honoring the late Raymond and Beverly Sackler will continue to hang at the UConn Health campus in Farmington, according to the Hartford Courant.  This comes as Connecticut and others looking to hold Stamford-based Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family, accountable for its role in the opioid crisis. 

The plaque recognizes the millions donated to UConn over nearly three decades. 

Wilton state Senator Will Haskell, co-chair of the legislature's Higher Education Committee, says names matter.  The committee has overnight over certain UConn matters.  He says the names of classrooms, programs, dormitories and professorships often become shorthand for students as they describe where they live or what they chose to study.  Haskell added that those names should inspire students who walk through the university gate and the lives they memorialize should embody our highest values.  Purdue Pharma manufactures OxyContin, an addictive painkiller that is blamed for thousands of overdose deaths. 

UConn has frozen spending from Sackler gifts. 

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