Attorney General Pam Bondi urges Urban Outfitters to stop selling prescription-looking products

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi




TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) - Attorney General Pam Bondi, along with other attorneys general, is not laughing at a popular retailer's housewares line made to look like prescription bottles.

Urban Outfitters, a popular retailer known for selling quirky clothes and off-beat housewares, currently carries shot glasses and a "can cooler" made to look like prescription drug bottles. Also, the retailer sells coasters that resemble an actual prescription note torn from a doctor's pad.

In light of the efforts the state of Florida has ensued to stop prescription drug abuse, including regulations to close pill mills and the establishment of the Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns Task Force, Attorney General Bondi wants Urban Outfitters' cooperation in pulling the line from its shelves, according to a news release.

"Profiting from a 'prescription line' that is contrary to Florida's efforts to combat prescription drug overdoses and drinking is unacceptable. We are calling on Urban Outfitters to forgo a few sales and help us save a lot of lives."

"These products demean the thousands of deaths that occur each month in the United States from accidental overdoses," was written in the letter sent to Urban Outfitters on behalf of Bondi, and 22 other attorneys general.

In 2011, when Bondi first took office, Florida had 98 of the country's top dispensing physicians of oxycodone. As of today, none of the top dispensing physicians of oxycodone reside in Florida.

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