My concern for underage drinking began in college when a high school friend of mine died in a car crash due to being too drunk to drive. This is a typical story that has been told hundreds if not thousands of times every year.

Flash forward three decades to the point where my own children are this age. Despite the increased awareness of this societal problem and the increased prevalence of “designated driving”, underage drinking continues to be a problem. It’s just that the “behind the wheel” element gets most of the noise and attention because it is so life and death. I wanted to address other sources of the problem, including access.

Statistics show that a primary source for alcohol access is in the home. I must admit that long ago I experimented behind my parent’s back and many of those young and old people I’ve talked to have admitted the same.

So, being in the business of product development, I looked into creating a mechanical deterrent to liquor access in the home. This would apply not only to my own kids but also to their adventurous friends and others who visit.

This gadget evolved from an inexpensive 19th Century era combination lock to a 21st Century wireless monitoring device that would let mom and dad know in real-time when mischief took place. I soon learned that this new sensor could also be applied to other substance abuse locations in the home, like medicine cabinets.

Opioid abuse is a front page topic in many communities around the country. And, like alcohol abuse, it is also difficult to traffic in the home because of the subtleties and nuances of its presence. After all, who counts the pills in the medicine bottles every day? Who would know if a few are missing? And with most drugs sitting in the bathroom, a shut door facilitates greater exploration by visitors, home service providers, etc.

The POMAlarm is designed to be unobtrusive to the home, but has the “under the radar” ability to give the homeowner and parent the peace of mind that no shenanigans are happening.

Furthermore, it could be applied to jewelry boxes, money drawers and other locations in the home that held valuables, and to dangerous places in the home like gun drawers, cleaning supply cabinets, etc.

My hope is that the POMAlarm will give people a reason and reminder to not go where they shouldn’t go.