January 31, 2017
The nation has continuously battled with the epidemic of prescription opioids. As the years have gone by, the rate of prescription of these medications, as well as the amount of addictions arising from them has skyrocketed. According to a report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Although most people take prescription medications responsibly, an estimated 54 million people (more than 20 percent of those aged 12 and older) have used such medications for nonmedical reasons at least once in their lifetime. According to results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 2.1 million Americans used prescription drugs non-medically for the first time within the past year, which averages to approximately 5,750 initiates per day.” There have been many different regulations and attempts to try and curb this epidemic.
One recent attempt to help curb this issue is an invention called RxTimerCap from TimerCap LLC. This device is essentially a replacement cap for prescription bottles which features an LCD screen with a timer that tracks the amount of time elapsed since the bottle was last opened.
While RxTimerCap is a very simple device, it very well may help prevent further individuals from becoming addicted. It helps to keep one aware of how much they may be using, or how long it has been since they last took a pill. An unfortunate reality with opiates is that many are prescribed them medically for pain, and simply because they can create powerful dependencies, the person inadvertently becomes addicted to them. Labels on these medications can often only state “take as needed,” which is a very ambiguous direction that is open to interpretation. RxTimerCap helps to keep individuals aware and can help to prevent them from overusing their medications.
Addressing the Opiate Epidemic as a Whole
Of course, this is not the only solution to the opioid epidemic, but it can promote awareness, as well as potentially begin to prevent newly developed addictions. Many regulations have focused on making it more difficult to get prescriptions, and while this is a valid method, it could also prevent those who need them from obtaining them. There are several points at which the opioid epidemic needs to be addressed, including manufacturers, pharmacies, healthcare professionals, users of the pills, and treating current addicts. This device helps to address one of those several points and so brings the situation that much closer to mitigation across all vectors.
When Seeking Help With a Drug or Alcohol Addiction
Seeking help with an addiction is one of the best things that a person can do. It is difficult to forge a future when one is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, as priorities rest with using. This is why getting clean and sober can help a person to reestablish their life, and to live a long and sober life. There is a multitude of treatment centers that can help a person to overcome their addiction, as well as address underlying struggles and difficulties. There are varying degrees of quality of treatment centers, and some are definitely better than others. Treatment centers which focus on treating the person as an individual, rather than grouping them in a cookie cutter approach, are much more successful. Our advisors are here to help find the right fit in a treatment center for you or your loved one.