Contact Urban Outfitters to Stop Selling Products that Promote Prescription Drug Abuse

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 at shows, teensand 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.

Here are three stories of families who have been personally affected by prescription drug abuse:   

  • Aaron's addiction to prescription medicine left him paralyzed, unable to speak and entirely reliant on his parents' care for even the most simple tasks.
  • Mark tragically died of a prescription drug overdose. In his father Phil's words: "I wish that I could tell Mark what I've learned about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, but I can't. It's too late."
  • Chelsea became addicted to prescription medicine, which led her to living in a car and stealing jewelry for money to support her addiction. Today, Chelsea is grateful that her mother's tough love helped turn her life around.

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.

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CONTACT INFO FOR Urban Outfitters:

Send an e-mail to:

Richard A. Hayne; CEO & Chairman
[email protected]

Write a letter:
Urban Outfitters, Inc.
5000 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19112-1495

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