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Prestigious universities around the world have accepted at least $60 million over the past five years from the Sackler family that owns Purdue Pharma, even as the company became embroiled in lawsuits related to the opioid crisis, the Associated Press reports. Some of the donations arrived before recent lawsuits blaming Purdue for its role in the crisis, but at least nine schools accepted gifts in 2018 or later, when states and counties across the country began efforts to hold members of the family accountable for Purdue’s actions. The largest gifts in that span went to Imperial College London, the University of Sussex, and Yale University.

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