March 12, 2015 -
Security safes firm Rx DrugSAFE is using biometric fingerprint technology to securely store prescription medications in lock boxes to prevent unintentional overdoses, according to a report by Med City News.
Rx DrugSAFE is currently developing a prototype that would use a fingerprint sensor to control who accesses the pain relievers, as well as their dosage, said Rx DrugSAFE principal Lorraine Yarde.
Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in the United States, with 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2013 – the majority of which were unintentional.
In 2011, over 1.2 million emergency room visits involved nonmedical use of prescription medication.
The company has found its first industry customer in the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Abuse, a federally-funded organization that is trying to combat prescription drug abuse.
Aside from state and county governments, Yarde said she views anyone who purchases prescription drugs as a potential customer considering that prescription drug abuse directly affects their own costs.
Rx DrugSAFE is currently selling its biometric-protected safes via its own website and Amazon.
The company is planning on adding Bluetooth and wireless capabilities to the drug safe so it can be used with other devices, said Yarde, who previously served as COO of fingerprint recognition access control firm Biometrx, Inc. before forming Rx DrugSafe in 2010.