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Urban Outfitters to Discontinue Products Promoting Rx Drug Abuse

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Urban Outfitters announced Friday it will discontinue selling products that promote prescription drug abuse. The move comes after a campaign by public health groups, state attorneys general and legislators.

The national retail store, popular with teens, has been selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. Last month, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids called on consumers to contact Urban Outfitters and ask them to remove the products from their stores and website. A week later, the Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers, urged Urban Outfitters to stop selling the products. In late May, 23 attorneys general sent a letter to Urban Outfitters CEO and Chairman Richard A. Hayne, asking him to remove products promoting prescription drug abuse from the stores’ shelves.

Time.com reports the American Association of Poison Control Centers and 57 local poison centers last week wrote a letter to the company, asking them to pull the products.

In a statement, Urban Outfitters said, “In the 20,000 products that comprise our assortment, there are styles that represent humor, satire, and hyperbole. In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may be individual items that are misinterpreted by people who are not our customer. As a result of this misinterpretation we are electing to discontinue these few styles from our current product offering.”

2 Responses to this article

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    Lisa / June 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Too bad they couldn’t just say they recognised/rethought the messages these kinds of products send to our kids and decided to do the right thing. Instead, they got defensive and blamed it on others’ misinterpretations of their humor??? Wow, what a disappointment.

  2. jboside / June 17, 2013 at 11:56 am

    While Urban Outfitters have stopped the sale of these items, they won’t be destroying them. With other items we have gotten removed from shelves like the Wake & Bake t-shirts at Target stores, we found the shirts in discount stores. Retailers sell the inventory to discount buyers. So be on the lookout for these items in discount stores in your area.

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