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Protest outside Purdue HQ set for Friday morning

August 17, 2018

Hundreds of activists plan to hold a vigil at 9 a.m. Friday outside the downtown Stamford headquarters of Purdue Pharma to protest the OxyContin maker’s practices, which they say have fueled the national opioid crisis.

Ryan Hampton, a Los Angeles-based activist and author who battled opioid addiction for 10 years, and Cheryl Juaire, a Marlborough, Mass.-based advocate whose 23-year-old son died of a heroin overdose in 2011, are leading the event at 201 Tresser Blvd. Parents will march with pictures of children who have died of opioid overdoses, alongside advocates in recovery from opioid addiction, according to event organizers.

Hampton and Juaire said they planned to deliver a letter to Purdue CEO Craig Landau, demanding that Purdue create a fund to tackle the opioid crisis, similar to the one established by tobacco companies as part of a nationwide settlement in 1998 that was worth $246 billion.

The gathering would mark the third protest in the past three months outside Purdue’s building. The recent demonstrations included a June 22 incident in which a spoon weighing several hundred pounds, which was stained to represent burnt heroin, was briefly installed outside the company’s building.

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