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Oct 7, 2015 4:05 PM

Syringe pens from Target get backlash from NH residents during heroin epidemic


CONCORD - New Hampshire is no stranger to the sight of syringes, especially with the state currently fighting the war on heroin.

But as a toy?

NH1 News spent the day speaking to parents to see what their thoughts were on pens in Target that looked like syringes. They told us it’s a Halloween gag their not laughing at.

“As a parent and as a pharmacist, I think that with our epidemic here in New Hampshire, that they are not the most appropriate thing for children,” concerned parent Danielle Rowette said.

When asked, her son wasn’t a big fan of them either telling NH1 News they looked like, “shots” and that it wasn’t something he would want in his goodie bag come Halloween.

The boy also agreed that they looked scary to him.

Parents are also speaking out online.

One Seacoast woman in particular is calling on all parents to have Target take the needle look-a-likes off the shelves.

Target issued this statement to the woman:

“I'm sorry to hear that you've been offended by the Spritz Halloween Syringe Pens featured at Target. Target welcomes everyone to shop in our stores and has a long history of offering a large assortment of merchandise to a wide variety of guests. Though we serve a significant number of families across the country, we also serve many guests with diverse tastes and interests. Occasionally, we carry merchandise that some guests may find objectionable, as was your experience. Your feedback is a big help to us, so I'll be sure to share your comments with our buyers. Thanks for shopping with us.”

But is that really the answer parents were looking for?

“I think it’s all over the news that we have a problem not just here in New Hampshire but all over,” Rowett said.

We called Target Guest Services and explained why needles as pens marketed toward kids could be found offensive, especially with heroin use at an all-time high in the Granite State.

The woman on the phone apologized for the controversy the pens have caused, and she promised the product is discontinued.

However she said pulling the current pens from store shelves wasn't her call, but that she would report the issue to her bosses.

The longer they're in New Hampshire, parents say, it promotes heroin culture.

“I think it does promote it, and I think that it’s just not something children should play with."

Target says it’ll continue to take complaints from people here in NH about removing them off of the shelves.

You can contact Target online or at 1-800-440-0680.


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