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Prescription Drug Fashion Side-Effects: Controversy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Los Angeles-based designer is courting scandal, thanks to a new t-shirt line decorated with the names of popular -- and commonly abused -- prescription drugs.

According to Medical Daily, Brian Lichtenberg says his shirts -- numbered on the back like athletic jerseys, but emblazoned with names like Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall, instead of athletes' names -- are a "parody of pop culture."

However, parents whose children have suffered overdoses from prescription drugs -- an increasingly common phenomenon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- aren't laughing.  For that matter, nor are the drug companies whose trademarked products have been used without permission.  Some are considering legal action.

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