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Urban Outfitters Stirs Up Controversy with Prescription Drug Products

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Clothing store Urban Outfitters is causing controversy after they came out with a line of medical-themed alcohol products.

They are criticized of being insensitive to young people who have drug abuse problems, as some of the products look like pill bottles and syringes.

"Prescribe yourself a small dose of pleasure. Syringe-shaped shot container - press down top to squirt out liquid. Fill it up with booze and let the healing begin!" a product description said.

The store released the items as gag gifts, but Drugfree.org believes they are "making light of the real prescription drug abuse epidemic that's claiming lives of teens across the country."

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"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," Government Affairs of the Partnership at Drugfree.org senior vice president Marcia Lee Taylor said.

Documentary film producer Natalie Costa, whose film Behind the Orange Curtain centers on kids in California who are addicted to prescription drugs, also found the line offensive.

"It's not fun, it's not a novelty, and parents are losing their kids. We have a huge addiction problem. They need to find something else to sell," she said.

The retailer has been in the spotlight many times for controversial items, including selling Navajo underwear, alcohol-themed shirts and shirts with Holocaust imagery.

They have not responded to the criticism about their most recent controversial item.

Sources: Inquisitr, SFGate