Effective Opioid Less Addictive

29 August 2016 Written by 
New Drug Blocks Pain As Well As Morphine Without Side Effects
From Medical News Today By Honor Whiteman: Opioids are among the most commonly prescribed painkillers in the United States, and they are also the deadliest; each day, 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Now, scientists have developed a safer form of the drug, which they say could reduce the number of overdoses and combat addiction.

In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers reveal how they deciphered the atomic structure of the "morphine receptor" in the brain to create a drug compound that blocks pain just as well as morphine, but without the harmful side effects that can lead to patient death.

What is more, the team says - unlike current opioids - the compound does not activate the brain's reward region, so it has the potential to reduce addiction.

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