Why You Shouldn’t Use the Word “Addict”
We can use words like “addict” that perpetuate the negative stigma around substance use. Or we can use words that are compassionate, supportive and respectful.
This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2016.
In June 2013, Urban Outfitters, a national retail store popular with teens, removed a number of products from its shelves after considerable pressure from public health groups, state attorneys general, legislators and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The merchandise — pint glasses, flasks and shot glasses made to look like prescription pill bottles — made light of prescription drug misuse and abuse, a dangerous behavior that is responsible for more deaths in the United States each year than heroin and cocaine combined.
In fact, the United States is in the midst of a prescription drug abuse and heroin crisis which the CDC has labeled an epidemic.
Though the removal of these items was a step in the right direction to ensure the safety of our children and teens, a further look into today’s pop culture reminds us that Urban Outfitters’ glamorization of medicine abuse was not an isolated event.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is outraged by Moschino and Saks Fifth Avenue for seeking financial profit from the current opiate epidemic. Please join us in demanding that these retailers immediately remove all products from the Moschino “Capsule” collection from all of their store locations and online sites
We’ve also stumbled upon quite a few other pill-shaped products. Check out the following items and let us know what you think – harmless fun or making light of a serious epidemic?
So what do you think? Are these colorful, attractive products innocuous – or do they downplay the seriousness of prescription medicine abuse? Post a comment below and let us know.
Educate yourself about the ways you can prevent your teen from abusing prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medication. Inform your child about the dangers of medicine misuse and abuse. Spread the word to your local community and social networks.
>> Visit The Medicine Abuse Project website to learn more. Together, we can #endmedicineabuse.
>> Think your child is abusing drugs?
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