Tallahassee, Florida - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is urging another company to stop selling products that she says glamorize prescription drug abuse.
Bondi and attorneys general in Maine and Kentucky are urging Kitson, Inc. to discontinue its line of T-shirts imprinted on the back with names such as Xanax, Adderall and Vicodin.
An advertisement on Kitson's Facebook page shows the T-shirts with the caption, "Just what the doctor ordered."
Bondi sent a letter to Kitson, saying Florida sees about seven deaths every day due to prescription drug abuse. She says the issue is not fun or humorous.
A spokeswoman for Bondi says Kitson's line of clothing glamorizes some of the most-abused prescription drugs.
"Kitson is currently marketing T-shirts that have some prescription drugs like Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall. Attorney General Pam Bondi has made it a priority to end prescription drug abuse in Florida and she doesn't believe that trivializing this matter is appropriate."
Bondi accuses Kitson of not having an interest in educating people about the dangers of prescription abuse. She calls it a "most cynical effort to profit on the backs of thousands of lives lost to this epidemic."
Kitson is dismissing the criticism so far. On its Facebook page, Kitson says it will stop selling the T-shirts if TV networks agree to stop accepting ad revenue from prescription drug companies.
Earlier this year Bondi convinced another company, Urban Outfitters, to stop selling coasters, mugs and drink holders that looked like prescription drug bottles.
Meale says the attorney general is hoping for a similar result in this case.
"Attorney General Bondi previously asked Urban Outfitters to end one of their prescription drug product lines and they did and she's very grateful that Urban Outfitters saw this need to work with us in stopping prescription drug abuse and she hopes that Kitson will do the same."