HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — A new line of T-shirts featuring prescription drug names triggered outrage as well as possible legal action Thursday.
The shirts showcase the names of the drugs Adderall, Vicodin and Xanax on the back.
The three drug manufacturers were contemplating suing the store for trademark infringement, according to TMZ.
“We had no involvement NOR do we approve of the sale of such a product using Adderall to glorify the misuse of our product,” a spokesperson for Adderall told TMZ.
And a spokesperson from Abbott, the firm behind Vicodin, stated: “Prescription drug use should not be trivialized. It is a serious issue and we will be taking legal action to stop the clothing company from trying to sell such a product,” TMZ reported.
Lichtenberg, the designer behind the shirts, released a statement on the company’s Facebook page in which he described the shirts as “a commentary on what I see happening in our society.”
“These tee’s are not meant to encourage prescription drug abuse, but if they open the door to a much needed dialogue, as they seem to be doing now, then mission accomplished,” Lichtenberg stated.
Reaction to Lichtenberh’s statement was predominantly negative.
Courtney Taylor wrote, “I am not sure what I am more disgusted by.. this line of clothing or your insulting attempt to combat the backlash by hiding behind a tired & poorly crafted “It’s art” defense.”