The next time you struggle to open a medicine or prescription bottle, take a moment to think that it's been this hard for about 50 years.
It's really a good thing that small children can't get into these bottles and accidentally take some medicine that they shouldn't have, but adults have struggled with "childproof" caps ever since they were invented.
One can now purchase special bottles of ibuprofen and other over-the-counter drugs with arthritis caps. Of course these bottles are small, probably to mitigate the damage if children get to them. They are also heavily labeled to keep them away from children.
These caps came to Tucson about 50 years ago.
From the Arizona Daily Star, Saturday, February 3, 1968:
We've been grimacing as we open the bottles ever since.
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