According to the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 75 percent of all opioid misuse does not start with a prescription, but through medication illegally obtained from a friend, family member, or dealer. Fortunately, a new, lockable pill bottle represents a promising step in preventing diversion without limiting access to relief for legitimate patients.
The product was developed by a company called Safer Lock, created by Nathan Langley and his business partner, Joseph Simpson. Simpson’s brother, Steven, became addicted to pain medications as a teenager after stealing them from their mother, Deborah. Deborah, who lives with chronic pain, began taking pain medications due to a car accident in 2002.
Shaina Smith, U.S. Pain director of State Advocacy & Alliance Development, was among several panelists who gathered July 20 in Concord, N.H., to discuss the findings of a draft report on abuse-deterrent formularies (ADFs), or pain medications that are formulated to be difficult to crush or tamper with. The draft report was released in May by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), a nonprofit that evaluates evidence on the value of medical tests, treatments, and innovations.