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Store takes heat for selling T-shirts printed with the names of prescription drugs

Kitson is called 'ignorant and irresponsible' for T-shirt line.

By Kim Anne Aug 29, 2013 4:45PM

Photo: Courtesy of Kitson LA via FaceBook, aka.ms/Kitson LA An Los Angeles-based clothing store is in trouble for selling a line of T-shirts with the names of prescription drugs Adderall, Vicodin and Xanax on them.

According to the Daily Mail, Kitson LA released the Designer Drugs Collection, designed by Brian Lichtenberg, last week and has since caused major controversy from customers, Twitter users and Facebook members alike.  

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After the negative feedback surrounding the shirts, Kitson released a statement claiming that the tees were "art" and a "parody of pop culture," which in turn just made everyone more angry. 

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"Pop one on and you'll feel better. Doctor's orders," says the online description of the tees. But customers claim this is definitely not art, but rather an outrage that is glorifying drug use. "You obviously haven't had a son or daughter die in your home from an overdose on prescription pills, as I have and thousands of other parents have," wrote one person on Facebook. 

Tell us: Do you think these tees are wrong?

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Photo: Courtesy of Kitson LA via FaceBook, aka.ms/Kitson_LA

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Sep 11, 2013 7:39PM
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the whole problem people have with it and my self included, is that  putting this on t shirts is going to expose and reinforce the idea to countless young adolescents that taking this **** is not only ok but its what all the cool kids do. and to the idiots who say "o well its up to the parents to censor the kids from it" tell me how your going to be with your kid 24/ 7 and prevent him or her from being exposed to the idiots that not only wear these but take these as well. peer pressure for high school students and wanting to fit in makes these pill addictions spread like wild fire. I am a recovering addict at the ripe age of 24. I have had two very good friends overdose and die before they could even make it out of their teenage years. I am telling ALL of you people that want to put your two cents in that have never dealt with this from a friend, family, or yourself before.....you have no idea what its like to be fighting for your life and health every day. I am blessed to have such loving and well raised parents, who in turn raised me with pride, dignity, and respect. but it still was not enough to prevent my addiction. and that's the scariest part is that I have seen it conquer all types of people.....rich, poor, jocks, geeks, successful, unsuccessful but most of all is high school and college students. no one is safe from this stuff unless we band together and work to educate everyone on how dangerous this stuff is.       
Aug 30, 2013 10:00PM
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While the tees are not "wrong", it may be in bad taste to some. No laws are broken here. For years now, tobacco/beer/alcohol logos have been printed on shirts and accessories. It's up to parents to censor their children's activities and wardrobe choices.

Keep government out of telling us what we can do with our own bodies. We don't want government to police our every personal choice - besides, it would take an expensive bureaucratic system to police everything (scary Big Brother stuff). While it is our duty to care for minors, then parents should censor what their children wear, eat, watch, etc.
Aug 30, 2013 7:30PM
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do we still live in America? No one can do anything without offending someone
Aug 30, 2013 6:49PM
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Prescription drugs are a bigger problem than illegal drugs.  They're the reason that health insurance is so high.  Drug cartels have nothing on Big Pharma.  These shirts scream "I'm a neurotic wimp!"

Aug 30, 2013 6:46PM
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH  
IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM DON'T BUY THEM 
How the He77 is a t-shirt glorifying drug use
thats like saying that oh he's wearing a red shirt he must be a blood 
No i'm wearing a red shirt cause its clean 
Aug 30, 2013 6:42PM
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What I find amazing is that people have no problem shoving these pills down their throats AND the throats of their children every day, yet having it written on shirt is catastrophic?  Its okay to take the pills, depend on the pills and "need" the pills to live their lives, but  a t-shirt - whew ... now THAT is upsetting and offensive!  Come on, get a clue people!  The bigger concern should be America's nearly universal addiction to some type of drug - not something written on a t-shirt. 
Aug 30, 2013 6:40PM
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They're not illegal, but they are very offensive. However just because they are offensive doesn't mean the store is doing anything wrong, and they certainly shouldn't be "forced" by a law or the government to remove the shirts.

Before all this government micro managing, stores were regulated by the customers: if something was offensive, or bad, their sales sank and they removed the product. I'm sure the same would have happened here without all the media hype. If anything, it just now ensures they will continue to sell the shirts because of publicity.

I say let's stop making news articles out of this crap and let capitalism work the way it should: if customers aren't happy, the businesses change their stock. No government interference necessary on this level.
Aug 30, 2013 5:46PM
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Everybody has T-shirts with their logo or advertisement why not the drug company if this is against the law then you to ban the advertisement also from TV.

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