|September 5, 2013
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Attorney General Pam Bondi and two other attorneys general have written a letter to Kitson, Inc., urging the company to end its sport jersey style tee-shirt line with prescription drug brand names, such as Xanax and Vicodin, in place of athlete names. In Florida, there are seven prescription drug-related deaths per day, and babies are born suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome caused by their mothers’ prescription drug abuse during pregnancy.
“I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of prescription drug abuse, and it is one of my top priorities to protect Floridians from this epidemic. I urge Kitson to discontinue their line of clothing that glamorizes some of our country’s most-abused prescription drugs,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Attorney General Pam Bondi has led efforts in Florida to end prescription drug abuse. In addition to working with the Florida Legislature in 2011 to pass tough new laws and regulations to close pill mills, she worked with the Legislature to establish the Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns Task Force. When Attorney General Bondi first took office, 98 of the country’s top dispensing physicians of oxycodone resided in Florida; today, none of the country’s top dispensing physicians of oxycodone resides in Florida.
To view the letter, please follow this link: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/JMEE-9B9RLA/$file/Kitson.pdf