Tackling the opioid epidemic and the misuse and abuse of other drugs is a complex issue that requires a comprehensive approach. A National Drug Use and Health Survey shows that more than 70% of people who misused prescription painkillers got them from friends or relatives. While some are knowingly complicit in this type of prescription abuse, others are unwitting providers. Typical prescription bottles are easy to access when not secured at home. The consequences of misusing rx can be serious; According to the CDC, 2 in 3 overdose deaths involve an opioid.
COVID has further complicated this, affecting mental health and contributing to a record number of overdose deaths in 2021 (more than 100,000 dead). Experts note that pandemic-related factors have likely exacerbated these trends.
The Rx Lock Cap plays a vital role in prevention and early intervention with a mission to save lives endangered by prescription drug abuse. The medication storage device has been distributed to over 9,000 Walgreens, nearly 6,000 CVS locations. It is the first secure drug storage device to receive reimbursement from the health plan for patients on controlled substance prescriptions.
This is the fourth patent granted to Gatekeeper Innovation, Inc. The founders of Gatekeeper Joseph Simpson and Nathan Langley are the inventors behind both patents. Simpson wanted to create a way to make it harder for teens to access prescription drugs at home after her own family suffered opioid abuse resulting from unauthorized access to prescription drugs. His contact with the opioid epidemic inspired Simpson to develop a solution. He partnered with Langley to invent the original Safer lock device, Gatekeeper Innovation Inc.’s flagship product, as well as the Safer Lock Box and Rx Locking Cap.
About Gatekeeper Innovation Inc: Gatekeeper Innovation Inc. is a SacramentoNew York-based company providing tamper-evident and abuse-deterrent technology while supporting medication adherence. Gatekeeper Innovation’s mission is to provide options to secure prescription medications to help prevent diversion and substance use disorders. To learn more, visit gatekeeperinnovation.com
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