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Safe & Secure: New pill bottle cap aims to prevent overdose, abuse

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Replacing the cap on your prescription drug bottle may help prevent overdose or abuse.

A company has come up with TimerCap for prescription medication. It's being produced for local and worldwide pharmacies as the newest tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

"All you do is you twist it off and it comes off and it stops. You put it back in and it restarts counting the seconds, then minutes, then hours," said Larry Twersky, CEO of TimerCap.

The TimerCap sets a timer each time you open and close the cap.

"So you know the last time you took your meds. If you take it once a day, it'll say 24 hours and if you take it twice a day, it's going to say 12 hours," Twersky said.

The cap allows you to write how often you take your meds and the dosage. It also serves as a deterrent.

"You also know if someone has been in your meds because it's going to restart every single time," Twersky said.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports nationwide around 1.5 million medication errors occur every year.

TimerCap was produced in an effort to help prevent drug overdoses and abuse, one bottle at a time.

The new caps are sold in packages of three at CVS, Rite Aid, and on amazon.com for around $10.

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