Our Chief Law Enforcer, Princess Lisa - first she tries to keep law abiding citizens from concealed carry, now she's keeping law abiding citizens from evil coffee mugs. Let's see if Chicago follows up with a coffee ban now. Caffeine is a deadly drug you know. People might abuse coffee in a prescription cup.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has succeeded in taking down a serious threat to the fight against drug abuse – coffee mugs that look like prescription drug bottles.
Madigan, along with attorneys general from more than 20 other states, sent a joint letter
on May 22 to Urban Outfitters CEO and Chairman Richard A. Hayne regarding the “controversial” product line his company was selling. The concerned party wrote:
On behalf of the undersigned Attorneys General, we request that Urban Outfitters immediately cease sales of your “Prescription Line” of glasses, coasters, mugs, drink holders and related products that mimic prescription pill bottles and prescription pads.
Because, as the attorneys general said:
There is a national health crisis related to the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. As Attorneys General, we have prosecuted and engaged in outreach to stop this epidemic. We are actively engaged in a campaign of environmental change to educate the public that abuse of prescription drugs is not safe simply because the medication originated from a doctor. … By putting these highly recognizable labels on your products you are undermining our efforts.
The products in question include coffee mugs
and shot glasses
, meant to be humorous and satirical.
Ultimately, Urban Outfitters discontinued the prescription line products last month.
After receiving letters from several groups, including the attorneys general, Hayne released a statement that said:
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.
Drug abuse is a serious issue – but coffee mugs play no role in perpetuating a cycle of dependence.