First off in the news this week is a paramedic who came up with a great idea to combat prescription drug abuse. An unnamed Las Vegas paramedic got together with a group of Brigham Young University engineering students to come up with a new type of prescription pill bottle.
Electronic Locking Pill Bottle
The new pill bottle is electronic in nature and is considered hack-proof and tamperproof. Pharmacists can program the pill bottle to dispense medication on a specific schedule, then the user must correctly enter a pin code to get the bottle to dispense medication, one pill at a time.
I love it when paramedics and other EMS professionals come up with a better way to do something, showing our naturally inventive natures at work. In this case the Paramedic saw the problems caused by overdoses occurring with prescription medications and sought a better solution.
100 Overdose Deaths Daily
According to the CDC, over 100 deaths occur from overdoses each day in the United States. If a solution like this pill bottle could stop even one of those deaths from occurring it would be worth the proposed $20 price tag. In any case, I offer kudos to this Las Vegas Paramedic and her engineering team as they put together a great idea that we’ll hopefully see soon in our local pharmacies.
Have you seen a good idea recently developed by a paramedic or EMT? If so, let me know by sending me an email here to firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe I can feature that product here on the show in the future episode.
Follow-up on the link for this and other news items as well as all of the additional resource links in the show notes for this episode – Epinephrine EMS Med Review and Episode 337.