New Timer Cap
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A new product on the market is looking to help curb the opioid epidemic by starting at home in your medicine cabinet. We took an in depth look at the 'Timer Cap' and how a twist could be saving a life. "Not only destroys you individually, it destroys your family and everything. I mean, everything." "She was either strung out on the med's, crying for another dose or just belligerent because we couldn't give it to her at the time". Just two stories, echoing the millions of those grappling with opioid addiction. But out of that pain came an idea. "I remember as early as nine years old, my brother and sister and I had to actually administer medications to my mom. It's a personal fight for us on this one to make sure other families don't experience what we experienced in our childhood." Larry Twersky said his childhood experiences inspired him to create the timer cap. He hopes his product will help makes things safer in the future. This device marks a time stamp from the time you open the bottle and down to the second and let's you know if someone else has opened the bottle of medication. Doctors are already taking notice of the benefits. "One interesting feature it offers is a bluetooth capability so physicians will be able to monitor their patients opioid use. They'll be able to see if they're using the drugs during certain points of the day, more so than they should." According to the Drug Enforcement Administration 52% of all opioid and heroin addictions start at home in the medicine cabinet and just last year, overdose deaths rose from opioid abuse a staggering 37% in the state of Pennsylvania alone. Even with the growing awareness of the opioid epidemic, many fall victim to addiction. "One not being enough and a thousand too many. Just needing more to cover up the pain." After several accidents needing several surgeries, Stephanie said that she was introduced to Percocet. She said she needed the medication to help ease the pain and she soon found herself on a dark path. "When you get my prescription within three days, it was gone, then you know there's a problem. You don't know it. You don't think about it until, you know, you go into the bottle and it's empty." After close to 21 years struggling with opioid addiction, Stephanie said she's now proudly six months clean but during her darker days she said her addiction led her to go through family and friends medicine cabinets in the hope of getting more opiates. "Most people don't want to get caught stealing medication. Because of that, they can get caught to the exact time and minute that it happened, so it's a deterrent." When shown the product, Stephanie admitted it would have helped her look into her dependency sooner. "I would have loved to have the product to see if it was something I could do on my own and not take as many as I did in my days." According to Time Cap CEO, many patients stayed away from the product because they were unsure how to program it, when in reality there's no programming at all. All it takes is twist off, the timer stops and you twist it back on for the timer to restart. Twersky stands by his product. He understands the limitations against those with a serious dependency, a thought repeated by others. "Obviously not going to stop somebody who really truly wants their medication, so that would be a battle that each, you know, somebody has to fight on their own." Limitations by Timer Cap hopes to be a first step against opioid addictions by giving carefully timed doses. "Where the timer cap falls into this, we're realizing that normal strategies we used in the past haven't worked and have possibly contributed to some of the abuse. And these new tools and strategies we can monitor a patients opiate use better and hopefully prevent them from going down the path of abuse." The Timer Cap can be bought in packs of three for close to ten dollars at most major drug stores and pharmacies across the U.S.