Tamper Proof Pills Fight Addiction


MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — They are prescribed by doctors for pain. But every day in the United States people are dying due to opioid addiction. Now new technology making these pills tamper proof, may save more lives.

Every day in cities and small towns across the country, the sounds of sirens …

“Nationwide last year, 33,000 deaths as a result of opioid overdoses,” David Scharf, Department of Community Programs, Broward Sheriff’s Office told Ivanhoe.

Scott Kjelson knows what it’s like to lose someone to an opioid addiction. His mom got hooked after she was prescribed pain pills.

“My mom was doctor shopping and she found doctors literally that would say here’s 90 Percocets,” Scott Kjelson, PharmD, CPh, explained.

Experts say prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic in this country.

David Mastropietro, PhD, Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University said, “It affects all people at all walks of life, from adolescents all the way up to the elderly and seniors.”

Abusers usually crush the pills in order to snort or inject the drug to get high. That’s why researchers at Nova Southeastern University have developed medications that deter this kind of abuse.

“So it’s crush resistant, it’s like a PVC pipe, it’s very resistant, it’s very hard, it’s very difficult to crush it into fine powder for snorting.” Hamid Omidian, PhD, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University explained.

And if abusers try to liquefy the pill, it turns into a solid gel.

Omidian continued, “It’s going to be impossible for an abuser to draw that solution into a syringe and then inject it.” (Read Full Interview)

But if taken orally as intended, the technology doesn’t lessen the effectiveness of the medication.

Kjelson said, “If the physicians had a deterrent medication they would be alert to what to educate their patients on.”

Scott wishes this type of technology was available when his mother was alive. Now he only has his memories.

“I hope I can prevent other families from going through what I went through,” Kjelson explained.

Keeping hope alive in the battle against a dangerous addiction.

Researchers at NSU hope that the pharmaceutical manufacturers will be licensing their abuse-deterrent technologies once the FDA starts mandating abuse-deterrent medications. For more information please visit the following link: http://pharmacy.nova.edu/aboutus/documents/Omidian_lab_%202017.pdf.

Contributors to this news report include: Janna Ross, Field Producer; Judy Reich, Videographer; Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Gabriella Battistiol, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

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REPORT:          MB #4315 

BACKGROUND: Misuse of prescription drugs has become a national epidemic. It is when a person takes medication in a manner or dose other than prescribed, sometimes someone else’s prescription, to feel euphoria or get high. The three most commonly misused classes of medication are opioids, central nervous system depressants including tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics, and stimulants. An estimated 54 million people (more than 20 percent of people ages 12 and older) have used such medications for nonmedical reasons at least once in their lifetime. An estimated 2.1 million Americans used them in a nonmedical way for the first time within the past year, which makes for an average of over 5,000 per day.

(Sources: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/misuse-prescription-drugs/summary


RECOVERY: Prescription drug recovery centers are available to assist these individuals who may have an addiction to prescription drugs. When an individual develops this prescription addiction, they may become compulsive in their efforts to seek out the substance. If you suspect someone close to you may be abusing, look for the following signs: frequently changing healthcare providers, mood disorders or mood swings, forged or fake prescriptions, using different or multiple pharmacies, and rapid increase of dosage. A person with this addiction may be at risk for serious health issues include drug overdose.

(Source: http://www.recovery.org/topics/prescription-drug-recovery/)

NEW TREATMENT: In response to the recent epidemic of increase in prescription drug abuse, researchers at Nova Southeastern University have developed abuse-deterrent technologies to prevent the drug abuse via snorting or injecting. The medicine cannot be crushed into a fine powder, and if a person attempts to liquefy it, it transforms into a gel like substance that will prevent a person from injecting it. Researchers hope that the pharmaceutical manufacturers will be licensing these technologies once the FDA starts mandating abuse-deterrent medication.

(Source: http://www.nova.edu/research/areas/drug-abuse/index.html)


Scott Kjelson


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