Drug Dispenser Could Curb Drug Abuse

By: Danielle Morgan
By: Danielle Morgan

Within two seconds, powerful painkillers can be destroyed if they're tampered with, in a new drug dispenser.

It's called the Pill Safe, and the idea came from an Orthopedic surgeon who wanted to find a new way to curb drug abuse.

You may have thought that little white cap was tricky, now with the push of a button your prescription narcotics can be dispensed with little effort. But it's more than a dispenser and developers believe the pill safe could be the next big weapon in the fight against prescription drug abuse.

"We have one or two seconds to destroy the entire contents, so you need a vigorous rapid reaction," Dr. Robert Lodder said.

Dr. Robert Lodder at the University of Kentucky came up with a way to use a small amount of jet fuel to incinerate highly addictive narcotics like OxyContin and Vicodin, if anyone tries to take too much or too early.

"We found that even in the prototype we were able to destroy 95-percent of the drug in two seconds," Dr. Lodder said.

Dr. Lodder says that may leave one and a half pills out of a 60-count bottle of OxyContin and it would cost someone five thousand dollars to recover that amount.

Some skeptics fear it will limit the amount of prescriptions available, but developers believe it will do just the opposite.

"If they could reduce the amount that's illegally diverted, then they could increase the amount that's available to patients that need it," Dr. Lodder said.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration places the region among the top of the pack per capita for distribution of narcotic prescriptions.

"We've stepped up and provided a solution to a problem that's a big blight on our society," Bobby Bruce Muncy said.

Engineers say the container is safe. Manufacturers or doctors would program the dispense controller for patients and the Pill Safe would cost from eight to ten dollars.

Engineers say they still need to adapt it the different size and quantity of pills.

Engineers say the best case scenario for the product release, would be three years from now.

The Pill Safe still needs FDA approval.

For more information you can log onto thepillsafe.com.


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