Urban Outfitters accused of promoting mixing prescriptions and alcohol
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- “Fill that liquid poison prescription,” “Shoot as needed," “Prescribe yourself a small dose of pleasure,” Fill it up with booze and let the healing begin."
Those are the product descriptions matching this line of prescription drug-themed alcohol accessories from Urban Outfitters.
Edgy, controversial products are nothing new for the national chain retailer, but Kentucky’s attorney general said, “They've crossed a line here”.
Wednesday Jack Conway announced he's joining attorney generals across the country calling for Urban Outfitters to pull the prescription drug-themed alcohol paraphernalia. Kentucky has the sixth highest overdose death rate in the country. According to a survey by drugfree.org, one in five teenagers in the state admits to taking prescription pain killers for recreational use.
“So to equate the painkillers with alcohol or to maybe even suggest that they be used together when you have a drug out there like Opana…that is very dangerous when people mix it with alcohol, I think that's the height of irresponsibility,” says Conway.
Urban Outfitters didn't respond to our interview requests, but WHAS11 did ask their customers what they think of the product line.
“I personally think it’s kind of tasteless but I don't think it’s the government's place to tell them they can't sell a product that’s not in any way harmful other than the aesthetic nature of it”, Matthew Brennan said.
“People know it's a joke, it’s not like they're going to be like 'oh I should go do that drug or whatever, '” reasoned Elizabeth Tapp.
“It's kind of an issue of free market and free speech, people are always going to do what they're going to do,” Patrick Willis said.
“I can understand why the government is concerned about this because you really could die from that sort of stuff, but as far as Urban Outfitters doing it, there's nothing particularly wrong with it, but they probably should have thought about it first, before that was put on shelves”, Ellen Darnell, a University of Louisville Graduate student, says.
Conway says in this case the message of the product can be dangerous.
“It’s different because this is a retailers that's trying to market things in an edgy way to our youth, and they're trying to merge together the use of prescription pain killers and alcohol and that's very dangerous, not just dangerous, potentially deadly,” Conway said.