(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine requested today that the Urban Outfitters retail chain cease sales of its "Prescription Line" of glasses, coasters, mugs, and drink holders.
The products mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads.
"People die from accidental drug overdoses in this state every day, and these products make light of the problem," said Attorney General DeWine. "We don't find these products funny at all."
Attorney General DeWine was one of 23 attorneys general who signed a letter addressed to Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne today asking that he pull the products from store shelves.
The attorneys general said in the letter that the highly recognizable labels on the products undermine efforts to educate the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Upon taking office in 2011, Attorney General DeWine made the fight against prescription drug abuse a priority. In that time, those with the Attorney General's Office have been involved in the permanent license revocation of more than two dozen doctors and pharmacists who improperly prescribed prescription medication, the conviction of 13 doctors, pharmacists, traffickers and associates, and the seizure of more than $1.67 million worth of prescription pills.
Letter to CEO Richard Hayne
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Dan Tierney: 614-466-3840
Jill Del Greco: 614-466-3840