Teens in Print, working with The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (necir-bu.org) produced a piece inconsistancies in access to the morning after pill.
Worried that she might be at risk of being pregnant, a fifteen-year-old Boston Latin Academy student said she called her local Walgreens in Hyde Park and asked how old she had to be to buy the popular morning-after pill known as Plan B. The girl, who did not want to be identified, said a pharmacy employee told her that she had to be 18 or older with a valid ID to purchase Plan B. While she was eventually able to obtain the drug through a friend’s older sister, the girl said she was later surprised to learn that the minimum age to purchase the Plan B pill is actually 17 years old.
The girl shouldn’t have been taken aback. Because more than 24 months later, that Hyde Park Walgreens on Truman Highway was still dispensing misinformation. And a joint investigation by Teens in Print and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University has found that this is not an isolated case. Teen reporters presenting themselves as consumers visited or called 24 pharmacies across the city, including that Walgreens, and discovered that personnel at 71 percent of them did not respond with the correct age or ID requirements needed to buy the emergency contraceptive pill.
“This is very serious stuff,” said Enki Gjeci, 18, from BLA. “If you are selling Plan B, you have to know the law.”