Clever Pill Bottle Lid Could Hopefully Hinder Prescription Drug Abuse
Based on a 2013 NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) survey, a whopping $78.5 billion is lost to prescription opioid abuse. In addition, NIDA also confirmed that almost 18,000 deaths have been reported in 2015 as having been caused by prescription opioid pain reliever overdose.
With these alarming statistics in mind, modern technology has just recently released an innovative design for pill bottles, with the aim of somehow putting a stop to prescription drug abuse and addiction both in adolescents and seniors.
The TimerCap works as a medication lid that features a built-in timer, which can read and record the specific time the bottle opened last. Each time you close the pill bottle, the timer on the lid automatically resets to when it should be reopened, as scheduled and prescribed by the doctor.
When asked what inspired such innovative technology to take form, TimerCap CEO Larry Twersky said: “My mom was addicted to opioids for as long as I remember. This is one of the biggest crises and I hope we have the ability to make simple decisions and simple choices that can affect the population dramatically.”
With today’s rampant opioid abuse and addiction, TimerCap could hopefully keep adolescents and young adults from pilfering pills originally prescribed for their parents or grandparents. Not only that, these clever lids could also help seniors do a better job of remembering their accurate medication schedules. This reduces the chances of suffering from either missed medication or accidental abuse due to forgetfulness.
Moreover, these lids also work with text and email using Bluetooth technology. The owner of the pill bottle will be notified and reminded of the right medication time. He will also be duly informed of any pilfering activity, being duly notified if and when the bottle was tampered with outside the appropriate time schedules.
The TimerCap website claimed that its ingenious product has improved patients’ adherence to medication by 33%. Drug store chain giants like Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS are now partnering with TimerCap for distribution of the lids, with high hopes of somehow deterring prescription drug abuse, overdose and fatalities.
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