King’s College London is the latest UK institution to sever all ties with the billionaire Sackler family amid outrage over its role in the deadly opioid epidemic in the U.S. that, as of 2021, has claimed the lives of more than 106,000 people. 

The move comes several days after Oxford University confirmed that it was also ending its lucrative funding arrangements with the Sackler family and removing its name from buildings, galleries and positions funded through their donations.

The two prestigious British universities are following similar moves already undertaken by the British Museum and Serpentine Gallery in London, the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Chris Garrard, a co-director of the campaign Culture Unstained, said: “With King’s College now severing its ties …

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