Stop Urban Outfitters From Selling Products that Promote Prescription Drug Abuse

Urban Outfitters- Remove Prescription Drug Paraphernalia from your stores & website

Urban Outfitters, the national retail store popular with teens, is currently selling pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles. These products make light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior that is responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than heroin and cocaine combined. Medicine abuse has increased 33 percent over the past five years with one in four teens having misused or abused a prescription drug in their lifetime. Combined with alcohol, the misuse and abuse of prescription medications can be especially dangerous, making the Urban Outfitter Rx pint and shot glasses and flasks even more disturbing.

As recent research from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids shows, teens and parents alike do not understand the health risks associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. In fact, more than a quarter of teens mistakenly believe that misusing and abusing prescription drugs is safer than using street drugs.

Tongue-in-cheek products that normalize and promote prescription drug abuse only serve to reinforce the misperception about the dangers associated with abusing medicine and put more teens at risk.

Ask Urban Outfitters to remove these products from their stores and website immediately. Feel free to use the information above to help make your point.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR Urban Outfitters:

Send an e-mail to:

Richard A. Hayne; CEO & Chairman
richard.hayne@urbanout.com

Write a letter:

Urban Outfitters, Inc.
5000 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112-1495

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    Kevin

    June 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Here is a copy of the email I sent to This company, How s****y of a company do you have to be to make light of a serious illness that people struggle with their whole life and eventually end up losing every material thing they own, That’s not even what is the important part, it cost’s you your family and friends, Shame on you for doing this to make a couple dollars, Trust me I have been personally fighting this ILLNESS for over 6 years, Finally Sober but have to spend all my time in meetings to stay that way, Therefore I can’t make money which sucks even more because I am extremely intelligent but I am useless out there if i’m not sober. And finally, what I hate the most is people who think that I have no will power, or that “I did this to myself”, it makes me so sick to my stomach thinking about it, I’m beyond tired of people judging me for getting sick, If I had no will power I would not be fighting my ass off daily to keep myself sober, and I would not wish this upon even my worst enemy. I apologize, I think that your market base is to teenagers/ early 20’s for your target and promoting something like pill bottle shot glasses and all that is seriously crossing a line. You have no clue that if even one person that uses those products even though they may not want to, maybe just do it to try to fit in that that one persons life will be destroyed if they have a family history of addiction. I’m really not trying to be a jerk but who put those products on the table and said, “Yeah this idea is brilliant” I would kill to go back to the first time I took a pain killer for medical reasons, that was 12 years ago. I lost a 250k a year job, a home, a penthouse, 4 cars everything, but what hurts the most is losing the people in my life that I care deeply for. I’m asking you to seriously use some common since here this disease is FATAL. And that is not a joke. it is literally fatal. But i’m sure to those of you who don’t care who you’re eventually going to kill from helping start an addiction especially if you guys aren’t in the red right? That’s all that really matters.

    Sincerely,

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    Karen Walsh Pio

    June 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    I have now rallied my own town Drug & Alcohol Coalition and those of five other nearby towns, and we will be protesting in front of the Northampton Urban Outfitters store on this coming Saturday June 15th at noon, holding signs and hoping to raise public awareness about these disgraceful articles being marketed to young people. We have reached out to teenagers in our various groups and coalitions, and they want to join in because they think it’s disgusting too.

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    kwp

    May 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I am a drug & alcohol counselor and a school counselor; I work in a High School and a Middle School. I teach all grades at the Middle School (5, 6, 7, 8) about drug & alcohol prevention. How do I explain something as horrifying as these products which are being sold at a very cool store in the heart of the teen mecca, Northampton MA? Do I tell the kids that these businesses really don’t care anything about them at all, their health, their life…that it’s all about the almighty dollar? I am hoping to gather up the pro-social group of older students at the High School to engage in an old-fashioned protest rally in front of the store. I have already written to the CEO. I feel that old expression coming on, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

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    melissa snyder

    May 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I am the mother of 2 sons who died in January from an accidental overdose of methadone.They were 13 and 15.They experimented and we all payed the ultimate price.It sickens me to know that any company would promote something that is killing our children,lets get the word out.

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    Rev. Dr. Robert M. Gilmore,Sr.

    May 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Lord Have Mercy. I am sending a e-mail and Pray that this is just an example of mis-direction on the part of the company. Teenagers need no influence to demonstrate negative behavior and whoever made these marketing ideas a reality, need to be fired, period.

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