PURCHASE, N.Y., Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 129 Americans die each day from a drug overdose; more than 78 of these deaths are a result of opioids, half of which were prescribed. In response to this growing crisis, Solo Technology Holdings, LLC will soon launch the iKeyp®, the first Internet of Things integrated personal safe designed to disrupt the cycle of prescription drug theft and abuse.
"The abuse of prescription medication, particularly pain relievers such as opioids, is rampant in America and must be abated. It is destroying families and communities, and at the same time significantly increasing healthcare costs across the country. It is imperative that we do all that we can to stop the problem where it often begins: in the home," said Jeffrey I. Hermann, founder and CEO of Solo Technology Holdings, LLC.
The patent-pending iKeyp safe provides a simple and effective way to safeguard medications that seamlessly fits into existing daily routines. Unlike other safes on the market, the iKeyp is easy to install, connects to the Internet and provides owners with real-time security alerts and intelligent medication reminders.
"The path leading to prescription drug abuse is clear and personal medication security is essential to stopping the epidemic," Hermann said. "Ninety-seven percent of the population does not secure their medications. The problem is that no one has until now offered a simple solution for consumers to safely store their medications and at the same time easily access them to maintain medication adherence. This is our intention with the iKeyp."
Key features of the smartphone-enabled iKeyp include:
- Real-time alerts and reminders via text, email or mobile app
- Audible and visual alerts for non-smartphone users
- Water-resistant digital combination keypad
- Installs securely, without tools, in minutes
- Fail-safe physical key access
The statistics surrounding the prescription drug abuse epidemic are staggering. Two hundred and fifty million opioid prescriptions are written each year. More than seventy percent of Americans misusing painkillers obtain them from friends or relatives. Eighty percent of heroin addicts report abusing prescription opioids first.
"The iKeyp is a modern, intelligent and convenient product that can serve as one solution in helping break the chain of prescription drug theft and addiction," said Mitch Danzig, president and COO of Solo Technology Holdings, LLC. "We are aware that we can't single-handedly solve the epidemic and are dedicated to collaborating with communities and coalitions throughout the United States to tackle all facets of this issue."
As part of this commitment, Solo Technology Holdings has partnered with The Stutman Switalski Group, LLC, which provides substance abuse prevention programs throughout the country, to educate the public on the importance of drug security. The company is led by Robert M. Stutman, a former Special Agent with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration who ran the largest DEA office in the world and is considered one of the nation's top experts on drugs, and Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, a former Metro Detroit felony prosecutor who, upon her appointment to the bench by the Governor of Michigan, became a leader in the fight against synthetic drugs and the opioid epidemic.
"From DXM cough syrup to benzos to Oxycodone, some of the most commonly abused drugs are the most prescribed in America and are likely sitting in your medicine cabinet," said Robert M. Stutman. "Drugs are devastating our communities, homes and workplaces, and I believe we are failing as a country to deal with this in a way that will make any substantial change. The iKeyp is an example of a simple solution that could have substantial results in combating opioid abuse."
Stutman and Switalski also serve on iKeyp's Board of Advisors as Drug Enforcement Advisor and Prescription Drug Compliance Advisor, respectively.
The iKeyp will launch this fall on Indiegogo, the largest global site for fundraisers. For more information on the iKeyp, including details on the launch and how to sign up for early bird discounts, visit http://www.ikeyp.com or contact [email protected]. Follow iKeyp on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.
About Solo Technology Holdings, LLC
Solo Technology Holdings, LLC is an "Internet of Things" company focused on creating innovative and easy to use technology products and services to address the growing prescription drug abuse problem in America, while at the same time conveniently improving adherence for those taking prescription medication. Solo Technology Holdings, LLC works with advocacy groups, parents, doctors, pharmacies and members of the healthcare industry to break the cycle of addiction and educate communities about the safe storage of prescription drugs. The company is headquartered in Purchase, NY.
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