(Mirror Daily, United States) – A man from Connecticut was arrested for placing a 10-foot-long heroin spoon outside the headquarters of Purdue Pharma last week.
The police said the man is a gallery owner who promised to deliver more spoons to the nation’s drug makers, some doctors, and politicians.
Fernando Luis Alvarez was charged with a felony for placing the 800-pound heroin spoon outside Purdue’s headquarters. The sculpture is the work of artist Domenic Esposito. The art was placed in the company’s driveway and Alvarez reportedly refused to remove it.
The gallery owner said he wants to send a message to the drug maker and hold it accountable for the many deaths brought by the nation’s rampant opioid epidemic.
The bigger picture, which both Domenic and I really clicked on, is the importance of creating awareness for the right type of accountability,
the gallery owner told reporters.
DOJ Should Step In
He expressed hope that the DOJ and local governments should start to arrest the people running these types of companies. A fine is not enough to make up for the many deaths caused by Purdue’s shady marketing practices.
Purdue Pharma is the maker of the popular painkiller OxyContin. The company was sued by several states over its marketing practices. Some lawsuits claim that the company has pushed for improper prescribing practices which left many patients addicted to the drug.
Purdue Pharma has dismissed the allegations, but it shut down the marketing division for OxyContin in February and promised this week to get rid of the remainder of the salesforce. In a statement, the drug maker said that it shares the public’s concerns about the opioid epidemic.
Esposito, who lives in Boston, said the heroin spoon would have been larger, but it needed to fit in his trailer. Esposito insisted that many heroin users first get addicted to opioid painkillers. The artist’s brother has been battling addiction for more than a decade.
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