In the United States today there are literally hundreds of thousands of people who take medicine on a daily basis. The more often that doctors prescribe medicines to be taken for either the short term or the long term, the more likely it is that there can be accidental ingestion. This can manifest itself in the form of an accidental overdose by the patient, by someone who is intentionally wanting to harm himself, or by a child who has found a way to get into the bottle. Bottle security is a top priority for bottle manufacturers who strive to lower these risks for an accident with every new packaging plan. Something as simple as the proper plastic closure could reduce these risks tremendously.
We are a society that has benefited greatly from the development of medicine over the years. Many of them save our lives, prolong our lives, or make our lives more pleasant to live. In the United States today, 82% of Americans take at least one regular medication. Many take more than just one. Roughly 29% of people on a regular medication actually take five or more. When that many medications are being taken every day, the possibility of cross-contamination increases. That is why it is very important to have protection mechanisms in place on bottles and other types of medication packaging.
Every day, hospitals see over 1,100 cases of children getting into medication they should be getting into or taking too much of the medication they are prescribed. Child-proof caps on bottles can and does prevent many of these types of situations from happening. A child-proof cap with a plastic closure helps reduce the risks.
Manufacturers that work with specialty packaging facilities to develop more stable plastic closures for plastic containers that contain potentially harmful medications are literally saving the lives of thousands if not millions of individuals who might get inside a bottle that is not meant for them. Their lives truly hang in the balance if unprescribed medication gets into their systems.
The wonderful thing about plastic and the containers that hold medications is how easily they are being recycled. The plastic closure technology that has been developed lately has worked wonders. What it has also done is enabled recycling efforts to bring that safety back around again to containers ready to be filled up again with new medication prescriptions.
In 2013, there were approximately 1.8 billion pounds of PET recycled and it is accepted at virtually any recycling plant around the country. This means that the recovery of materials to be able to be used again and again in this industry is quite high. With all of the medication that goes out every day, not just in the United States but also around the world, being able to count on recycled material for bottles and the like means that we are doing our best in this industry to serve and treat patients, but also do great things for the environment.
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