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Friday, May 24, 2013

Urban Outfitters Promotes Prescription Drugs

The prescription drug abuse epidemic is destroying lives on a catastrophic level in America. Sadly, teenagers and young adults are the biggest abusers of prescription opioids like Oxycodone. Officials are hard at work to curb the problem, but unfortunately large companies are exploiting the problem by making prescription drugs seem hip.

One such company is the clothing line Urban Outfitters, which has been selling products that promote prescription drug abuse. In an attempt to stop such activity, 23 attorneys general sent a letter to Urban Outfitters CEO and Chairman Richard A. Hayne, urging him to remove any products that condone prescription drug abuse from their stores.

The company has been asked to stop selling clothes that have designs that look like prescription pill bottles, boxes, pads and syringes, according to The Miami Herald.

 “These products are not in any way fun or humorous but make light of this rampant problem,” the attorneys general wrote. “We invite you to pull these products from your shelves and join with us to fight prescription drug abuse.”

The Partnership at Drugfree.org urged people to write or email Hayne and/or sign a Facebook petition asking Urban Outfitters to pull those products from its stores and website. The Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Hal Rogers, called on Urban Outfitters to stop selling the products.

“Profiting from an ad campaign that is contrary to Florida’s efforts to combat prescription drug overdoses and drinking is unacceptable. We are calling on Urban Outfitters to forgo a few sales and help us save a lot of lives”, said Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
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