Help patients taper off pain killing opioids
engineering medical devices
$1,050
top 9
148
submissions
DONE
19 months ago

Opioid treatments are extremely effective at combating even the most severe pain. However opioids may lead to dependencies which can cause symptoms of withdrawal when the drug application is stopped.

To avoid withdrawal symptoms a tapering down routine is usually performed. However, when opioids are freely available as tablets, patients are prone to a tapering routine that is either too fast or too slow.

We are looking for a technology which ensures a controlled tapering routine after opioid use. Using this technology, the patient should not have the freedom to take more or less of the intended dose of opioids.

Opioids
Deliverables

Ideally the tapering down dosage would be applied to the patient through a single event or trigger. Additionally, a manual override for the doctor would be beneficial in case he or she would like to increase or decrease the dosage.

1. What technology or method could be developed for safe and secure tapering of opioid use?
2. How is the dosing schedule enforced by your proposed technology?
3. Why is your proposed method safe and compliant for the patient?
4. Could a doctor alter the speed of the tapering down process? How?

Use any charts, diagrams, images, sketches, or visuals to help communicate your idea.

Please note: The most important factor to consider in your solution is your abuse deterrent- the means of preventing patients from abusing and misusing the opioids

Leaderboard
This challenge has received 148 submissions
Top 6 share $900 Next 3 share $150
$150.00 Square pic screen shot 2015 07 25 at 9.53.00 pm Virginia Community College System
$150.00 Square pic headshot Georgetown University
$150.00 Square pic 524708 145358612304041 1326375425 n Portland State University
$150.00 Square pic img 1113 University of California at Berkeley
$150.00 Square pic passportphoto Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay
$150.00 Square pic capitol knife edge University of Colorado
$50.00 Square pic img 0073 Northeastern University
$50.00 Square pic 1435349562055 University of British Columbia
$50.00 Square pic ms av 2 University of Houston
Represent MindSumo on Campus: Inspire and Empower your friends