Man creates bottle lock due to brother’s opioid addiction


U LOST THEM OR BLAME UP PHARMACIST? DID YOU KNOW THE EASIEST PLACE TO GET PILLS IS IN YOUR HOME?>>MY MOTHER WAS IN A BAD CAR ACCIDENT IN ORDER TO WHERE SHE NEEDED THE PILLS FOR HERSELF. LISA STEPHEN SIMPSON KNOWS THE : DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION PAIN PILLS ALL TOO WELL. AT THE AGE OF FIFTEEN, HE DECIDED TO TRY HIS MOTHER’S OXYCODONE TABLETS.>>AND SO I TRIED IT AND FROM THEN ON I WAS ABLE TO JUST HAVE THE PILLS READILY AVAILABLE. LISA: STEPHEN CONTINUED TO STEAL HIS MOTHER’S PILLS. BUT NEVER ALL AT ONCE. THAT WOULD HAVE ALERTED HIS MOTHER TO HIS GROWING DRUG ADDICTION.>>I’D ONLY TAKE ONE OR TWO AT A TIME. I DIDN’T WANT HER TO KNOW . THERE’S NO WAY. SO I WOULD TAKE ONE OR TWO OF THEM AT A TIME. LISA: FR THERE, STEPHEN’S LIFE SPRIALED DOWNWARD. HE HUNG OUT WITH FRIENDS WHO USED DRUGS, TOO. EVENTUALLY, NEEDING MORE AND MORE OPIATES TO GET HIGH, HE MOVED TO ACHIEVE YOUR — THE CHEAPER, EASIER TO GET HEROIN.>>THAT’S HOW MOST PEOPLE ACTUALLY START OFF. LIKE MOST PEOPLE ACTUALLY KNOW HEROINE’S BAD RIGHT. IT’S NOT GOOD SO AT THAT POINT, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO EXACTLY JUST GO PICK UP HEROINE. BUT IF THEY SAY VICODIN OR SAY OXYCODONE AND THEY END UP GOING TO GRAB IT. LISA: THE OBVIOUS QUESTION COMES NEXT. WHY WOULD SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HEROIN IS BAD CHOOSE TO DO IT? STEPHEN TRIED TO STOP AND FOUND IT JUST HURT TOO MUCH.>>I JUST SAY IF YOU JUST HA EVERY SINGLE MUSCLE IN YOUR BODY ACHING UNTIL YOU CANNOT TAKE ANYMORE NOT BE ABLE TO SLEEP NOT BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING JUST EVERY SINGLE FROM YOUR HEAD YOUR TOES JUST ACHES AND YOU JUST WANT TO DO IT AGAIN AND WHEN YOU DO IT AGAIN AND ENDS UP IN THE EXACT SAME PLACES WHERE YOU WERE BUT JUST A COUPLE DAYS LATER. LISA: HEROIN ADDICTION IS A FAMILY DISEASE, AND STEPHEN WAS TAKING HIS FAMILY DOWN WITH HIM. HIS BROTHER JOE SIMPSON REMEMBERS SEEING HIS BROTHER DETERIORATE.>>MOM HAD OPIATES LYING AROUND. AND REALLY AT A YOUNG AGE THAT WAS HIS FIRST THING HE EVER TRIE LISA: FROM THAT PAIN CAME AN IDEA THAT COULD HELP OTHER FAMILIES. I DECIDED YOU KNOW WHAT THESE JUST NEED TO BE LOCKED UP. LET’S STOP THIS PROBLEM AT THE SOURCE AND WAS EASE OF ACCESS WITHIN THE HOUSEHOLD. LISA BUT A QUICK INTERNET SEARCH : SHOWED THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS A LOCKING BOTTLE. SO JOE SIMPSON DECIDED TO MAKE ONE. HIS PARTNER AND COLLEGE ROOMMATE NATE LANGLEY REMEMBERS THE DAY.>>JOE STARTS TEARING APART A BUNCH OF LOCKS IN THE HOUSE AND I ASKED HIM WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE AND I KIND OF HAD AN IDEA AND HE TOLD ME ABOUT THE SITUATION WITH HIS FAMILY BECAUSE WE WERE CLOS AND FROM THERE, THAT’S KIND OF HOW IT ALL STARTED.>>WE DO RUN INTO PEOPLE THAT SAY THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR I NEEDED SOMETHING TO KEEP MY MEDICATION SAFE. LISA: AND WITH SOME HITS AND MISSES IT REACHED A FINAL DESIGN. A FOUR DIGIT COMBINATION LID.>>WE DID SOME TESTING AND IF WE START WITH A THREE DIGIT COMBINATION AND PUTS THAT TE IT WITH A BUNCH OF, YOU KNOW, EARLY TEENAGERS AND MOST OF THEM GOT INTO WITHIN ABOUT AN HOUR. BUT WE SWITCHED IT TO FOUR DIGITS THAT MADE IT TEN THOUSAND POSSIBLE COMBINATIONS ONLY ONE KID GOT IN AND IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS SET TO ONE TWO 3 FOUR. LISA WHILE THE IDEA CAME FROM : SOME OF THE WORST TIMES IN THE SIMPSONS’ LIVES, IT’S HAVING A POSITIVE IMPACT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. PRIMEX THERAPEUTICS IS TELLING PHARMACIES TO DISPENSE THEIR OXYCODONE WITH SAFER LOCK. THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IS TESTING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE LOCKING BOTTLE AS PART OF THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT. AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS IS PUSHING PHARMACIES TO DISPENSE NARCOTICS WITH THESE LOCKING BOTTLES. SOMETHING COOK COUNTY ILLINOIS — COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS HAS ALREADY BEGUN DOING.>>IT’S THE ONE THING THAT SOMEBODY WHO GETS A PRESCRIPTION WE SHOULD BE REALLY SELFIS ABOUT IS A MY DOCTOR PRESCRIBE THESE MAYBES ARE FOR ME AND NOT FOR MY TEN-YEAR-OLD KID TO EXPERIMENT WITH. LISA AND WHILE THEIR PRODUCT WAS : BORN FROM ADDICTION, STEPHEN IS NOW FOUR YEARS CLEAN AND HELPS RUN THE COMPANY HIS ADDICTION HELPED INSPIRE. HE SAYS IF THIS HAD EXISTED WHEN

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