08/29/2013 04:09 EDT | Updated 08/29/2013 04:22 EDT

Kitson Prescription Drug Shirts Draw Outrage, Lawsuit Threats (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Just what the doctor ordered? We're not so sure.

Kitson boutique, an L.A. favourite with all the celebs, might be slapped with a few lawsuits thanks to a line of shirts that are causing a lot of rage and concern on Twitter.

The drug companies which make Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall told TMZ that they're gearing up to sue the retailer for using the drugs' names on t-shirts and sweaters (which, incidentally, can still be found for sale on their website and range from $58 to $98).

The drugs, which are used to treat various ailments including anxiety disorders, panic disorders, pain relief, ADHD and narcolepsy are also commonly used by celebrities.

These, and others like them, have caused the deaths of celebs such as Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy and Michael Jackson, not to mention the thousands of people who have died as a result of prescription drug abuse. In fact, prescription narcotics are among Canada's deadliest drugs, according to a new study.

So it's no surprise that many people, including the drug companies, are angry.

Adderall's rep told 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."

Vicodin's rep added: "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."

Meanwhile, customers and non-customers alike lit up Twitter with their anger over the line of shirts including former "3rd Rock From the Sun" actress Kristen Johnston who tweeted:

"Hey @KitsonLA do you really think this shit is funny? Millions are dying, & u want to make $ off it. SHAME ON YOU."

Brian Lichtenberg, the designer of the collection, posted a defense of the shirts on Kitson's Facebook page:

"I have created a collection of t-shirts that are a parody of pop culture. This particular collection of prescription tee's is simply a commentary on what I see happening in our society. Call it what you may, but art in all forms is created off of pop culture and the social situations that surround it. A large percentage of Americans are prescribed these drugs by doctors everyday for legitimate reasons . These are not illegal substances. 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."

The retailer also posted a Facebook plea to donate to the Medicine Abuse Project if customers "were concerned with this issue."

What do you think? Are the shirts offensive?

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