Prescription Drug-Themed Clothing Line Causes Controversy

Prescription Drug-Themed Clothing Line Causes Controversy

The luxury department store Nordstrom has agreed to stop selling a line of clothing and accessories that features drug capsules and prescription drug labels amid complaints that the line seems to be promoting drug use.

The line, which includes a dress with a print of a prescription drug label and a shoulder bag shaped like a prescription drug bottle, is from Moschino, a luxury Italian brand. Both items, part of Moschino’s “Capsule Collection,” go for $950 apiece.

The drug-themed collection also includes a black backpack with colorful capsules on it, and a cell phone case that looks like a medication blister pack you would get at a pharmacy.

The line even spurred a Minneapolis-based drug and alcohol counselor, Randy Anderson, to start an online petition asking that the Moschino items be removed from stores. By the time Nordstrom agreed to on Thursday, the petition had garnered 1,500 signatures.

The petition noted that the accessories will “most likely promote more drug use” and that the country is in the midst of an epidemic of overdose deaths and opioid addiction.


Jonathan Block

Jonathan Block is a freelance writer and former MedShadow content editor. He has been an editor and writer for multiple pharmaceutical, health and medical publications, including BioCentury, The Pink Sheet, Modern Healthcare, Health Plan Week and Psychiatry Advisor. He holds a BA from Tufts University and is earning an MPH with a focus on health policy from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy.


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