NH pharmacy gives candy-filled pill bottles to kids
HUDSON, N.H. -- A New Hampshire pharmacy is apologizing after giving away prescription pill bottles full of candy to children as part of a promotion.
The Walgreens in Hudson gave out the pill bottles during a fair over the weekend.
Many parents were appalled by the pharmacy’s choice in giveaways.
“I don’t think that’s a smart idea because kids are gonna look at the bottles and think there’s candy in them,” said mother Julie Chute.
The prescription bottles came in Walgreens tote bags along with other treats.
Parents said this was a bad idea because kids could start mistaking medicine for candy.
“What kid doesn’t want candy? They ask all the time, you say ‘No,’ and then they’ll be like, ‘Oh well I know where it is,’” said mother Karen Barrett.
“They’ll look in mommy’s medicine cabinet and they’ll look similar to what their candy looks like and they’ll open that up, and so I don’t think that’s a very good idea at all,” said mother Lori Kerrigan.
In response to all the hype, Walgreens released the following statement:
“We apologize for this giveaway item at the festival and will ensure we provide more suitable items in the future.”
Some parents praised Walgreens for the apology, but others were still shocked that the pharmacy did the promotion in the first place.
“You have to kind of try to ask people for opinions before you make a decision like that. Maybe kind of get a poll from other parents,” said mother Becky Morgan.
Parents who are still bothered by the promotion said the apology isn’t going to help the fact that kids who received the bottles may have already figured out how to open the child-proof caps.
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