Brookings teen wins international science competition for project on opioids

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — A Brookings High School student has captured the first-place award in an international science competition for his project aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic.

Fourteen-year-old Aditya Tummala developed a gummy-like substance, similar to a gummy bear that would make an opioid pill tamper proof, meaning the medication couldn’t be crushed or melted for snorting or injecting.

KSFY-TV says the project garnered first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona. Tummala calls the product Tampr-X.