800-lb. spoon left outside Purdue HQ

July 27, 2018
image courtesy of the Associated Press

An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a burned drug spoon was left in front of Purdue Pharma’s Connecticut headquarters, as part of an artistic protest against the drugmaker’s role in the opioid crisis.

Artist Domenic Esposito and art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez were responsible for the sculpture; Alvarez was arrested on a minor charge of obstructing free passage.

Purdue Pharma remains wrapped up in countless lawsuits for allegedly using deceptive marketing to boost sales of its opioid painkiller OxyContin, deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of opioids.

The spoon was taken to a police evidence holding area.

Read the Associated Press coverage