The Next Pill Bottle You Steal May Have GPS

January 15, 2013 | Andy Cush

In an effort to curb New York’s out-of-control prescription drug market, Ray Kelly and the NYPD are considering a radical new plan: embedding “bait bottles” with GPS tracking devices, then hiding them among regular stock at pharmacies. If a pill thief lifts the bait bottle, the thinking goes, cops will be able to track it to wherever they’re keeping their stash. ”

The department is also considering using nanotechnology to put tracking inside the pills themselves, “in such a way that individual ‘bait’ tablets could be tracked by GPS,” according to Kelly, who is expected to announce the plan at a conference today.

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