Revived protest: Sculptor delivers 800-pound spoon to Rhode Island opioid-maker

Domenic Esposito, a Boston-based artist and activist who installed a massive spoon sculpture in June outside of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's headquarters, revived his artful protest Feb. 8 in Rhode Island by placing an 800-pound spoon outside of the main offices of Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, the Stamford Advocate reports.

The latest demonstration features a 10-foot aluminum sculpture that depicts the spoon heroin addicts use to cook the drug before injecting it. The Rhodes name is engraved on the handle.

Rhodes Pharmaceuticals is another opioid producer reportedly controlled by Purdue's controversial owners, the Sackler family. The drugmaker ranks among the largest U.S. producers of off-patent opioids.

The Sackler family has come under growing scrutiny in recent weeks after hundreds of pages of documents were made public in a lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts attorney general.  

Mr. Esposito's latest protest is part of his "Opioid Spoon Project," an initiative that aims to inform the public about the key players responsible for the nationwide opioid epidemic.

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