Researcher & UX Designer
Over the course of 10 weeks, our group created a research project based on the existing problem with opioid prescription drug abuse and addiction.  After conducting various interviews and gathering extensive data, we were able to identify key insights and concepts. We identified 4 main guiding design principles that were the framework for our final design. In order to prevent addiction we developed a prescription bottle that monitors and protects prescriptions.
The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history and the leading cause of death among among Americans under 50 years old. 91 Americans die everyday from an overdose, including prescription opioids and heroin.
Design Challenge: 

How might we intervene in the prescription drug cycle to mitigate abuse and addiction?
Insights from Research: 

1) The entire prescription drug cycle has multiple points of failure such that it is difficult to define each person’s liability
2)  Lack of communication plus moral and medical dilemmas lead to inconsistency in treatment which opens the door for drug seeking behaviors
3) Addiction is a chronic brain disease, while it is not treated as one, treatment cannot be as effective as it should be.
4) Drug alters a persons state and standard of normalcy
5) The culture of instant gratification encourages drug abuse
6) Lack of visible signs of addiction cause people to underestimate and overlook addiction, preventing early intervention and recovery.
Design Solution: 

Secure, a monitoring system for a safer prescription drug intake in out-patient care.
For Patients: 
Biometric Pill Bottles
Out Patient Care Journey Map with Secure
For Doctors: 
Medication Monitoring System