Requiring locks on pill bottles may be considered by the General Assembly next year. The locks would be put on prescription painkillers to deter abusers, who often steal pills from other people. State Rep. Rob Martwick (R-Norridge) says it goes along with the larger effort by lawmakers to change the state’s approach to criminal justice.
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“We realize that we are incarcerating people with addiction problems, and there’s a big movement to stop incarceration and start treatment,” Martwick said, “but the key there is before we get to treatment, let’s prevent the addiction in the first place.”
The lock would be a four-digit thumbwheel style combination lock in the cap of the pill bottle. Companies which make prescription packaging have started testing these locks at pharmacies located in Park Ridge, Western Springs, and Chicago, and reported customers haven’t had trouble unlocking their bottles.