The Defense Department will conduct a feasibility study on the use ofÂ lockingÂ vials to prevent opioid pilfering and abuse in an effort to comply withÂ a provision in theÂ 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Safe RX said Thursday theÂ Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery ActÂ also provides funds toÂ state and local government agencies to research the impact of dispensing controlled substances in locking repositories.
TheÂ National Narcotics Officers Association, D.A.R.E. and the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse have urged Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to persuadeÂ federal agencies to support the use ofÂ lockable containers for dispensing of controlled substances.
Safe RX president and CEO Milton Cohen said that locking prescription vialsÂ are projectedÂ to prevent drug abuse in as many as five million teenagers and return $56 billion to U.S. economyÂ over a 10-year period.