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Is a Non-Addictive Painkiller Possible?

Is a Non-Addictive Painkiller Possible?

Tulane University has partnered with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System over the last few years in an intensive research push. The result may be a new type of painkiller with less side effects and non-addictive properties. The hope is that this drug can replace addictive opioids such as Percocet or oxycodone and that it will ultimately lower addiction rates and overdoses overall.

Professor James Zadina from Tulane School of Medicine states that this new drug will target the same brain receptors as common opioid drugs but it will not slow down body movement, brain response or breathing. Patients who take this drug will not build an increased tolerance to the drug and will not need larger and larger doses to treat pain.

The study began 19 years ago in 1997, when one neurochemical, endomorphin, was discovered. This natural brain chemical acts just like morphine but does not have the same side effects. As a result, a new drug has been formulated over time that acts like endomorphin with less side effects, less increased tolerance and less motor coordination slowing.

The program to develop this new medication is created in the hopes of decreasing overdose deaths as well as the new increase in heroin use across America. As patients become dependent on prescription painkillers, many end up turning to heroin in order to avoid withdrawals. Although heroin is illegal, the unfortunate reality of painkiller addiction is that it can make any person who is dependent on these drugs go to extreme measures to avoid withdrawal. The problem is so serious that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that U.S. deaths related to heroin overdose quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

This new drug looks promising, but it must still go through more vigorous testing and await approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This means that this new drug will reach the market within six to fifteen years.

If chronic pain and opioid dependence have taken control of your life, the new research is hopeful, but your life depends on getting treatment now. The good news is that opioid recovery is possible. This new drug is not the only option to healing pain without terrible side effects.

Because each individual is unique and each opioid dependence story is unique, the best place to begin is by speaking privately with a recovery specialist. There are addiction treatment programs that offer medical staff to work with issues of chronic pain and even sensitive opioid withdrawals.

Wellness is possible. There are several new drugs in various stages of development as well as new integrate treatment methods that are designed to treat ongoing pain. As this new potential drug is being studied and tested for FDA approval, many other new treatments are being released to the public this year.

To learn more about opioid recovery and safe Percocet withdrawal treatment, please call our 24 hour, toll-free and completely confidential helpline.


[1] Hasselle, Della. The New Orleans Advocate. Tulane scientist working on powerful new non-addictive painkiller. Retrieved on 2/24/2016 from  http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/news/14738877-86/tulane-scientist-working-on-powerful-new-non-addictive-painkiller