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Illinois recently passed a measure which will provide incentives to pharmacies that dispense painkillers and other addictive medications in locked pill bottles, something ER physician Travis Stork is all for.
He highlights the importance of this idea, saying, “70 percent of teen addiction drug users, it all started at the home medicine cabinet.”
The new pill bottle is equipped with a combination lock in order to gain access. Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross questions if people who are in a great deal of pain will want to take the extra step required.
Dr. Stork believes these pills bottles are easier to open, once you have the combination, compared to a traditional push-down bottle. He goes on to tout its benefits, using a parent – who has been prescribed a powerful painkiller – with teenagers at home as an example of when this might be a safer bottle option.
If you’re concerned about who might have access to your medications, the lockable pill bottle might be worth getting.