FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/31/13) – Attorney General Jack Conway, backed by 23 of his colleagues, is again calling on Urban Outfitters to stop selling pint glasses, shot glasses and flasks made to look like prescription pill bottles.
In a letter to Urban Outfitters CEO & Chairman Richard Hayne, the Attorneys General requested that the national retailer cease sales of its "Prescription Line" of glasses, coasters, mugs, drink holders and related products that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads. Link to letter: http://goo.gl/XT03e.
"These products are in no way fun or humorous and make light of an epidemic that kills more than 1,000 Kentuckians each year," said General Conway, who co-chairs the Substance Abuse Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). "Prescription drug abuse continues to shatter families across Kentucky and the nation. Urban Outfitters should pull its "Prescription Line" of products from store shelves and join with us to fight prescription drug abuse."
Attorney General Conway and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine led efforts to contact Urban Outfitters to urge the retailer, popular with teens, to stop selling products that mimic prescription pill bottles.
Prescription drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. A new national survey by The Partnership at Drugfree.org finds one in four teens report having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime. Of those kids who admitted to the abuse, one in five, or 20 percent, did so before age 14.
Additionally, the survey finds more than a quarter of teens mistakenly believe that prescription drug abuse is safer than using street drugs.
"We have prosecuted and engaged in outreach to stop this epidemic," wrote the Attorneys General in their letter to Urban Outfitters. "We are actively engaged in a campaign of environmental change to educate the public that abuse of prescription drugs is not safe simply because the medication originated from a doctor. By putting these highly recognizable labels on your products, you are undermining our efforts. These products demean the thousands of deaths that occur each month in the United States from accidental overdoses."
Urban Outfitters, Inc.
5000 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112-1495
Information provided by the office of Attorney General
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