After a national outcry that was joined by local government officials and addiction experts, Urban Outfitters has recalled their line of shot glasses designed to look like prescription pill bottles and syringes.
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The products included flasks made to look like pill bottles for the drug “Boozemin” prescribed by “Dr. Koholic, Al.”
The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a national organization committed to addressing substance abuse, started a petition on Causes.com to “Stop Urban Outfitters from selling products that promote prescription drug abuse.”
The petition has 4,767 signatures to date.
On Friday the Partnership announced on Causes.com that Urban Outfitters had stopped selling the products.
Cary Quashen of Action Family Counseling in Santa Clarita was very pleased with the results. He signed the petition himself and encouraged others to do the same.
“It’s great when people come together and take a stand,” he said, noting that our community is a perfect example of the idea that “it takes a village.”
Quashen said that “we have enough problems right now,” without having to deal with poor influences from a major retailer.
Urban Outfitters released the following statement to CNN, explaining their decision to recall the product line.
“In the 20,000 products that comprise our assortment, there are styles that represent humor, satire, and hyperbole. In this extensive range of product we recognize that from time to time there may be individual items that are misinterpreted by people who are not our customer. As a result of this misinterpretation we are electing to discontinue these few styles from our current product offering.”
When asked whether he was concerned about lingering effects or influence from the “Rx” product line, Quashen said they would just have to “wait and see.”
Substance abuse in general, and prescription drug abuse in particular, is a major epidemic, Quashen said.
“Most of the opiate deaths (recently) were prescription pills,” he said.
Education is the best defense against anything that makes light of substance abuse, letting parents and children know that prescription drug abuse can lead to addiction and death. Several seminars and workshops are planned in the coming months at the Action Family Zone, including one on Wednesday, June 26 with the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station juvenile team to discuss teen issues in our community.
Ultimately, Action and Quashen’s goal is to save lives.
“We don’t want to lose one more kid,” he said.
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Source: Santa Clarita News