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Can locking bottles stop opioid pilfering?

Published: Jun. 11, 2018 at 3:38 PM EDT
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As the country continues to grapple with an opioid abuse epidemic, doctors, researchers and politicians are trying to find ways to stem the crisis.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people are most likely to begin abusing drugs as adolescents.

"They'll go into a cabinet, at a friend's house and say "I've got a headache, can I get some Advil?" Typically, a lot a people store their old prescriptions right by their Advil. And those teens will go in there and sample a few," said anesthesiologist Dr. Sean Serell.

But Serell thinks there may be a way to help keep teens from becoming addicted

"Child-resistant caps came out because children were getting into medications and dying-especially aspirin overdoses. I think if we could see a similar change with the adoption of a national requirement that medications of potential abuse be stored in a locking container and dispensed from pharmacies that way."

His locking prescription bottle works like a bike lock, shows proof if tampered with, and can be purchased online or at select pharmacies.

His goal is that all prescriptions with possible abuse will be stored in secure containers, limiting access to curious kids in the house.

"We need to prevent, and step up what we're doing right now, to prevent the next generation from going down that road."