“Daily headlines speak to the opioid crisis in America. The numbers are staggering: 90 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Teenagers are also at risk, often taking unsecured opioids and other highly addictive medications from their parents or other family members,” said Bill Park, chief technology officer at PharmRight. “If adults aren’t monitoring their pill bottles, it could be days or even weeks before they notice pills are missing.”
PharmRight Corp. in Charleston, South Carolina, has created an in-home medication dispenser – called Livi – that both locks and has a PIN for added security. Livi’s text alerts and reporting features make it easy to track any issues, plus Livi will only dispense medications based on the doctor's orders as a way to avoid an overdose.
In addition to using new technology like Livi to better secure addictive medications, PharmRight offers these additional tips for keeping medications safe:
Understand exactly what you’re taking and why. Maybe you were given a prescription for painkillers following a back surgery. Know the risks associated with the medication, when you should take it and for how long. Working with your doctor to establish a timeframe, means you’re not taking the medications long-term so there’s no need for extra refills or half-used pill bottles to be easily accessible to others.
Talk to your children about medication safety. Children and teens may be under the impression that because a doctor prescribed a medication, it’s automatically safe. Discuss the importance of taking only those medications that were specifically prescribed to you and the dangers of sharing other people’s medications. Teens, especially, understand the highly addictive nature of opioids and other painkillers.
Track your medications. Be aware of how many pills you have left in the bottle and be diligent about noting if the pill bottle seems a little more empty than it should.
Keep medications in a secure place. Storing medications like opioids in the bathroom medicine cabinet or on the kitchen counter is simply inviting trouble. Instead, keep them in a less obvious location or in a locked cabinet.
Livican manage a 90-day supply of up to 15 different medications. Using a cloud-based application, it also provides medication adherence reports, refill reminders and sends text messages or email alerts to caregivers when a dose is late or missed. Learn more about keeping medications safe at https://liviathome.com.
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