The Land of Lincoln, Illinois, will be the first state in the country to test out a pilot program that will put locking devices on some prescription painkillers. Here's how it will work.


To make it harder for people to abuse prescription painkillers, the state of Illinois will test out a pilot program of locking bottles according to WIFR TV23.

The numerical locking devices will be similar to those used on gym lockers and will be placed on the pill bottles. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the measure into law this week. It takes effect in 2016.

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The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco.

The purpose of the new program will help stop those without prescriptions from using the drug. The true test will be on the users to make sure they remember the combination. In addition, loved ones may need to know the combinations in case of emergency.

The results from the study could change how all prescriptions are handled in America.