Because the child safety lock wasn't enough.

There is nothing more frustrating than being sick and in pain and the only thing between feeling better and misery is the child safety lock on a bottle of medication. They can be extremely difficult for someone to open, especially arthritis sufferers.

New locking devices added to prescription medication
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I'm not saying that I'm not a supporter of the child lock, of course I am, but it can be bothersome to responsible users of daily medications.

The type of locking closure is changing, for specific prescription painkillers, in Illinois. Medications that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco, will be changed to the new locking device. Illinois will be the first state in the country to test out the new locking devices in a one-year-test program in 2016.

The new locking device will be numerical, similar to those used on gym lockers according to WIFR.

This is in hopes that it will make it more difficult for abusers of the painkillers to access the medication. Those without a prescription for the medication, will not be able to access the medication until, well... someone gives them the pass-code.

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