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Student-designed pill dispenser prevents abuse

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A new pill dispenser is designed to cut down on prescription drug abuse.

It was created by engineering students at BYU and is called Med Vault. The device is plugged into a USB port and a pharmacist can access it and load the pills. The students say it's tamper-proof.

"It's made out of a material that won't be broken with a hammer or anything. It's built and designed to keep people out," said Madison Clark, an electrical engineering student at BYU. "We knew that it was so important that people couldn't hack it because then they would just get their pills all the time."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose deaths have more than tripled since 1990. About 100 people die from an overdose every day in the U.S.

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