The Gatekeeper Story
Gatekeeper Innovation Inc.’s abuse-resistant technology helps prevent unauthorized medication access, simply and affordably. Gatekeeper Innovation was founded on a driving desire to ensure powerful prescription medications are secured to help prevent prescription medication misuse, diversion, and accidental ingestion.
The United States is in the grips of an opioid epidemic and unauthorized access to prescription drug medication is a leading contributing factor. Gatekeeper Innovation Inc. provides supply-side interventions that are easy and inexpensive to implement, including:
Safer Lock: patented combination locking products including a locking pill bottle and locking medicine box available online and through our retail partners.
Rx Locking Cap: a patented combination cap that fits over pharmaceutical bottles for use by pharmacies and mail order dispensaries.
Gatekeeper Innovation Inc.’s abuse-resistant technology helps prevent unauthorized medication access to help keep people safer. Mind your meds and live safer with the family of medicine safety products from Gatekeeper Innovation.
Where it Started
Joseph Simpson, co-founder of Safer Lock, explains, "It all started in 2002 when my mother was in a serious car accident that put her in a wheelchair for almost two years. She endured over 34 operations—to her back, neck, shoulder, and knees, and her doctors prescribed some pretty powerful pain killers. My younger brother Steven, then 14, couldn’t resist experimenting, which was common in our high school. Our mom started to suspect something was going on, and she began hiding her pills in other containers."
When prescription drugs become less available, opioid abusers often switch to heroin because it’s far less expensive and easier to obtain. Like so many, Steven followed that path and eventually developed a heroin addiction. “It consumed every part of his day for two or three years,” says Joseph. Steven’s low points included dropping out of school and stealing from family and friends.
The initial tragedy—Deborah Simpson’s devastating injuries—gave birth to Steven's chemical dependency on opioids – first, pain pills and then heroin. "Fortunately, Steven realized he had a problem. He didn’t want to live that life any more," says Joseph. Steven went to multiple treatment centers to learn how to live without drugs or alcohol. Slowly, he beat his addiction but faces a constant battle to stay drug-free.
The Origin Of Safer Lock™
Joseph was angry and disappointed to discover that the epidemic of prescription pill abuse flew under the radar, largely unseen and unaddressed by the medical and regulatory communities. "It’s shocking that powerful medications of this type are not legally mandated to be secure," he says. "If the medicines are secure, teens don't have the option of using the medicine cabinet as their drug dealer for the first time. And children can’t get their hands on dangerous medications." This realization inspired his idea for a locking prescription bottle that would help keep prescription medications away from unintended consumers, from toddlers to teens.
Joey Simpson, Age 8
Steve, Deborah and Joey Simpson – Co-founders of Safer Lock
Steve Simpson, Age 9
Next, Joseph and fellow inventor Nathan Langley went through seven generations of prototypes to develop the Safer Lock, an easy-to-use medicine bottle cap designed to prevent unauthorized access to powerful medications. The cap has a four-digit lock that can be set to a patient’s preference, with 10,000 possible combinations. The medications inside can only be accessed if you know the four-digit code.
The Safer Lock™ Vision
Safer Lock ‘s abuse-deterrent design helps keep medications out of the wrong hands, can prevent accidents and addiction, tragedy and heartache. Mind your meds and live safer with the Safer Lock.