If you're the heiress to Purdue Pharma — the infamous makers of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin — it's probably not a good idea to reach out to a recovering opioid addict and invite her to an event, but that must not have been on Joss Sackler's radar when she not only invited Courtney Love to attend the Fashion Week show for her clothing line LBV, but also allegedly offered to pay the Hole frontwoman $100,000 to attend the runway show.
Unsurprisingly, Love denied the offer. “I am one of the most famous reformed junkies on the planet — my husband died on heroin — What is it about me that says to Joss Sackler, ‘I will sell out to you?'” Love said in a statement to The New York Post. “Well I won’t.”
“I never would take their money — Joss is delusional, talking about her fashion line and private members club, their ‘philanthropical arm.’ What about instead giving money to rehab facilities, paying for Narcan (a medication that counters opioid overdoses) or creating a non-addictive painkiller?" she continued. "This request from Joss Sackler is shameless and offensive after everything I, many of my friends, and millions of other addicts have been through with OxyContin. I’m sober, but I will always be an opioid addict, it doesn’t vanish. I will always be that, I am just in recovery. And, equally, a fashion line with 24 carat gold thread won’t ever cover up or wash away the stains on Joss Sackler and her family.”
Love's husband Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994, and was addicted to heroin up until the end. She has since cleaned up — after struggles with heroin and OxyContin addiction — and has been open about her substance abuse in the past.
Joss Sackler is married to David Sackler, whose family owns Purdue. They have been hit with billions in lawsuits for their part in the opioid crisis — an epidemic the Centers For Disease Control says kills 46 people a day.
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