The people who claim to know a lot about illicit drugs say prescription painkillers are a gateway to heroin. Two state representatives suggest locking pill bottles would help keep the family medicine cabinet safer for kids or anyone else who would help themselves. “It sets up a pilot program to see if this idea would work, and (if so) we could bring it out to a larger scale,” says State Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside).
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“My bill would require all opioid-based prescription drugs to have a locking container,” says State Rep. Rob Martwick (D-Norridge).
Martwick says the locking caps, as he understands it, are reusable, which would – he hopes – discourage providers from passing the cost along to patients. Zalewski hopes for buy-in from the medical and pharmaceutical industries.