Bondi, other AGs ask Urban Outfitters to quit selling druggy accessoriesby Dara Kam | May 22nd, 2013
Pam Bondi and 22 other attorneys general are demanding that Urban Outfitters quit selling accessories they say is glorifying drug use and “undermining” efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.
The trendy company is targeting the hipster crowd with a line of products that riff on prescription drugs, including a set of syringe-shaped shot glasses along with shot glasses, beer “koozies” and coasters that look like prescription pads.
The Rx-line appears to be as focused on booze as drugs. The prescription-pad coasters bear the label “Al Koholic, M.D.” whose address is on “Brewskis Lane” in “Sloshville, NY.” The beer koozie, also “prescribed” by “Dr. Koholic, Al,” appears to be a prescription bottle for “BOOZEMIN.” And the “prescription shot” glasses are printed with the “Rx #: VRY-NBR8TD” with a quantity “As many as you can stomach” and refills: “Sure!”
But for Bondi, whose made fighting prescription drug abuse her top issue since taking office in 2011, and the other top lawyers, the kitschy barware isn’t a joke.
“Profiting from a ‘prescription line’ 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,” Bondi said in a statement.
The products “demean the thousands of deaths that occur each month in the United States from accidental overdoses,” Bondi and the AGs from 22 states and Guam wrote to Urban Outfitters CEO and Chairman Richard A. Hayne in a letter dated today. “These products are not in any way fun or humorous but make light of this rampant problem. We invite you to pull these products from your shelves and join with us to fight prescription drug abuse.”
Read the attorneys general message here or after the jump.
State Attorneys General
A Communication from the Chief Legal Officers
of the Following States and Territories:
Arizona * Arkansas * California * Colorado * Florida * Guam * Hawaii
Illinois * Iowa * Kentucky * Maine * Maryland * Massachusetts * Michigan
Mississippi * Montana * New Mexico * Ohio * Oregon * Pennsylvania
Tennessee * Utah * Wyoming
May 22, 2013
Urban Outfitters, Inc.
Attn: Richard A. Hayne; CEO & Chairman
5000 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112-1495
Via Fax and Email
Dear Mr. Hayne,
On behalf of the undersigned Attorneys General, we request that Urban Outfitters immediately cease sales of your “Prescription Line” of glasses, coasters, mugs, drink holders and related products that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads.
As you may be aware, there is a national health crisis related to the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. As Attorneys General, we have prosecuted and engaged in outreach to stop this epidemic. 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.
These products are not in any way fun or humorous but make light of this rampant problem. We invite you to pull these products from your shelves and join with us to fight prescription drug abuse.
Very respectfully yours,
Mike DeWine Jack Conway
Ohio Attorney General Kentucky Attorney General
Tom Horne Dustin McDaniel
Arizona Attorney General Arkansas Attorney General
Kamala Harris John Suthers
California Attorney General Colorado Attorney General
Pamela Jo Bondi Lenny Rapadas
Florida Attorney General Guam Attorney General
David Louie Lisa Madigan
Hawaii Attorney General Illinois Attorney General
Tom Miller Janet Mills
Iowa Attorney General Maine Attorney General
Douglas F. Gansler Martha Coakley
Maryland Attorney General Massachusetts Attorney General
Bill Schuette Jim Hood
Michigan Attorney General Mississippi Attorney General
Tim Fox Gary King
Montana Attorney General New Mexico Attorney General
Ellen F. Rosenblum Kathleen Kane
Oregon Attorney General Pennsylvania Attorney General
Robert E. Cooper, Jr. John E. Swallow
Tennessee Attorney General Utah Attorney General
Gregory A. Phillips
Wyoming Attorney General