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Pam Bondi says Urban Outfitters' novelty prescription pill items go too far

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and 22 other attorneys general accused Urban Outfitters on Wednesday of "undermining" nationwide efforts to fight pharmaceutical-drug abuse because the store sells a line of drinking novelties that mimic prescription-pill bottles, boxes, pads and syringes.

"These products are not in any way fun or humorous but make light of this rampant problem," the group wrote in a letter addressed to the company's CEO and chairman, Richard A. Hayne. "We invite you to pull these products from your shelves and join with us to fight prescription drug abuse."

Hayne and Urban Outfitter's media-relations department did not immediately respond to an email for comment. A customer-service representative said the store's media-relations department does not have a phone number.

Earlier this month, the company didn't respond to ABC News and FOX when they reported complaints from the Partnership at Drugfree.org, which accused the retailer of making light of drug abuse. So did lawmakers in Kentucky.

The store, known for selling edgy products from time to time, has an entire "Prescription Line" of drinking accoutrements that look like prescription-pill bottles, boxes and pads. It sells "Rx pint glasses" and "syringe shot shooters."

A beer koozie, for instance, looks like a pill bottle prescribed by "Dr. Harold Feelgood" to "Mr. Hugh Jass."

"TAKE ONE CAN BY MOUTH, REPEAT UNTIL INTOXICATED," the bottle reads.

Bondi, in a brief discussion with the Miami Herald, underscored the fact that neither she nor her colleagues are threatening legal action against the Philadelphia-based chain. They just believe the so-called "Prescription Line" of glasses, coasters, mugs and drink holders goes too far.

"It's in poor taste," Bondi said.

Since winning office in 2010, Bondi has crusaded against prescription-drug abuse. She championed legislation to fight so-called "pill mills" where shady doctors overprescribe drugs — particularly opiates such as OxyContin.

Pam Bondi says Urban Outfitters' novelty prescription pill items go too far 05/22/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:21pm]
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