BYU researchers design new pill bottle aimed at reducing drug abuse

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  • LindonMan Lindon, UT
    April 29, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Well done on the rebuttal dswiss! Looks like the BYU wit strikes back again! GO COUGARS!

  • dswiss Provo, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    @The Rock
    I worked on the device mentioned in this article. We've done destructive testing and it holds up to a lot of stuff: (600lb static load, 8lb sledge, run over by a truck, compression under the "jaws of life." If someone ends up destroying the device, there wouldn't be much left to abuse. Also, you have to consider that when a person goes to refill their prescription, their device would have to come back with them untampered and unscarred. Any evidence of attempted tampering would result of an untrustworthy status.

    So I agree with you, people can be creative, but there's a lot that could be to done to curb the abuse. This product would be a great beginning.

    An access code is a very common security measure. But if you're worried about remembering your code, I hope you can imagine a future version of this product that would have a finger print scanner. There are plenty of ways to get around a faulty memory.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    April 26, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    Nice idea, but you expect an elderly patient who can't even remember to take their pills to remember an access code? I can't even remember all of my pins and passwords. Then there is the cost involved which would be passed on to Medicare and Medicaid and ultimately the taxpayers. Lets find a way to reduce the number of pills we are taking as a nation instead.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    April 26, 2013 2:54 p.m.

    Great Idea.

    It may be tamper resistant but I bet I could get it open. I have hack saws, and engine lathe, hammers and chisels and lots of other tools.

    Still, it is a great idea but nothing can be made to be idiot proof because idiots are so creative.