As Halloween fast approaches Target is under fire from parents and drug abuse prevention advocates for selling novelty pens that look like hypodermic needles. The pens, clear plastic tubes filled with brightly colored liquid, topped by a plunger and marked with the measuring lines found on syringes, are sold at most Target stores and can be found at several online retailers. The director of the Raymond Coalition for Youth, an organization in New Hampshire that works to reduce substance abuse said that the state is in a drug epidemic and the product should not be sold. But a spokeswoman for Target said the company had heard complaints from consumers but will leave the pens on the shelves.
Are opponents right when they say North America has a drug problem and should refrain from confusing kids with toys dressed up like syringes? Is Target right to keep them on their shelves?