According to the CDC, more than 1,000 people are treated for an opioid misuse overdose in emergency rooms every day across the country. A Virginia man said he’s created something that will drastically cut those numbers.
Opioid Misuse Hits Home
Joseph Hamilton understands the struggle that drug addicts go through after he spent years with a girlfriend who abused prescription drugs. “I told her one day I said, I’m gonna come up with something you can’t argue with. The doctors will know exactly how you’ve taken you’re medicine, and you won’t be able to get it until it’s due,” Hamilton said. But that day didn’t come soon enough. “Last time she was on life support she didn’t come back,” Hamilton said.
For the past seven years Hamilton has spent $70,000 to invent a pill bottle that is computer programmed. It only dispenses one pill at a time. Eventually, the bottle will be connected to software. The software will alert doctors or law enforcement if the seal is broken and pills are missing.
“It can record every time and date that the pill comes out and even where they were at,” Hamilton added. There will even be finger print recognition, to be sure the person taking the medicine is the person who has the prescription.
Big Pharma Wants The Bottle Stopped
Hamilton got the patent three months ago and said a pharmaceutical company approached him. They offered him more than one million dollars for the patent to keep the bottles off the market.
He refused, saying this is too important for him to sell out and be silenced now.
“People are dying every day. People are losing their kids, their husbands, wives, parents, their lives to opioids,” he said.
Hamilton said what’s holding him back right now is the funds to mass produce the bottles. He already has the plastsics factory, the computer programmers, and the patent. He just needs the money to mass produce the bottles.
Hamilton said he needs $4 million to distribute them across the country, but with less, he can get the product made on a smaller scale. He’s reaching out to government organizations to try and get their support as well. Eventually, he wants all opioid prescriptions to be in his bottle. If you would like to help, you can email Hamilton at [email protected]
Content Originally Published By: WSET.com
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Pam is the author of Co-dependent In The Kitchen, and she's a contributing editor for Recovery Guidance. She's a recovery advocate who likes long walks on the beach and chocolate.