This week, I came across a $950 Moschino bag shaped like a pill bottle.
I was floored.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2014 almost 2 million Americans abused or were addicted to prescription drugs, and more than 14,000 people died from prescription opioids.
Why are we glorifying this horrifying trend that has taken so many of who we love?
It would be one thing if the purse was just a generic pill bottle design. However, after looking at the purse more closely, it has a striking resemblance to that all too familiar opiate prescription.
The fact that the purse has “May cause drowsiness” on it, makes me believe that the drug has some sort of sedative qualities, similar to what one may experience after taking an opiate. The bottle also warns to stay away from alcohol while taking this fictional drug, also a quality of opiate drugs.
However, the most disturbing part of this “fashion statement” was not the purse itself, but a comment left below the product.
“Classic Moschino! Clever, Funny, and Beautiful!” said one commenter.
Would it still be beautiful if you saw 10 pill bottles piled up next to your best friend’s bed?
This individual has obviously not witnessed the horror and destruction a pill bottle, similar to this purse, can have on someones life.
I understand there is a time and place for medicine. However, if we are going to get serious about attacking this drug epidemic, we cannot be supporting any mockery of it. The decision to create an accessory, so blatantly mocking those who have struggled with prescription pill usage, is a disgrace and should not be taken lightly.
If you have found yourself holding on to old prescriptions and do not know what to do with them, there are programs that either allow you to safely dispose of your drugs at drug disposal locations, or turn in your drugs to your local police department with no questions asked.
There are options if you are struggling with prescription drug abuse and we at AMIRF are happy to connect you with those.
Prescription drug abuse is not beautiful, it is not fashionable and we need to now, more than ever, educate those around us about the dangers of prescription opiates.