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The opioid tracking group with Big Pharma ties

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Purdue Pharma founded RADARS in 2001. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

A small yet influential group called Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance, or RADARS, monitors how opioids are misused across the nation. It also accepts money from the companies that make those opioids.

Why it matters: Health care experts view RADARS as a credible, independent resource, but its ties to the pharmaceutical industry raise questions about how the group operates.

Metropolitan Museum of Art rebuffs Sackler family gifts

The Met. Photo: New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images

New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Wednesday after months of consideration that the institution will no longer accept gifts from members of the Sackler family — the dynasty behind Purdue Pharma, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This action cuts ties between "one of the world's most prestigious museums and one of its most prolific philanthropic dynasties," the Times points out. In 1996, Purdue introduced the market to the opioid OxyContin, one of the painkillers seen as responsible for the opioid crisis. The Met's affiliation with the Sacklers extends back decades with millions of donated dollars to show for it.