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High-tech pill dispenser to combat drug misuse

Jun 07, 2017, 7:56 AM EDT
(Source: Team D Industry Intelligence/flickr)
(Source: Team D Industry Intelligence/flickr)

A team of students at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering has designed a high-tech, tamper-resistant pill dispenser that could be a potent weapon in stamping out medication misuse among addicts.

The dispenser features a fingerprint scanner to ensure that only prescribed patient gets the medication and also there are internal timers that keep track of prescribed intervals and dosages, notes Huffington Post.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 44,000 Americans die of drug overdose annually, the key reason that prompted the students to engineer a device for safer pill dispensation, writes Johns Hopkins University.

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