The United States is currently experiencing an opioid overdose epidemic, as drug overdose deaths have become a leading cause of injury and death, with recent estimates reporting that 115 Americans die each day from drug overdose.
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In the 1990s, there was a massive marketing blitz from pharmaceutical companies for their new opioid pills.
This coincided with a nationwide push to take patient pain more seriously. Early marketing materials from pharmaceutical companies made reassurances about their product, claiming their opioid pills were virtually non-addictive.
However, heroin is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet and prescription opioids are chemically similar to heroin.
Opioid addiction causes 1 in 5 young adult deaths in the USA
Total economic burden of $78.5 billion per year
75% of people who became addicted to opioids in the 2000s started with prescriptions
People between the age of 16-28 are currently being affected the most.
It is easy for people to get addicted to pain medication because they are often not aware of the risks
How might we guide people through the prescription period to avoid opioid addiction to allow for an easy recovery
Idea 1 was a pill constraint that warned the user when they were going over their prescribed limit.
Idea 2 calculates potential addiction through usage stats so that the user knows their status.
Idea 3 uses direct input to provide dependancy statistic and offers usage over time data to show progress.
The final image is a pill bottle that can record when a pill is taken
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