Are Non-Addictive Opioids Possible?

Published July 6th, 2017 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by
Chris Riley

Are Non-Addictive Opioids Possible?Opioids are powerful but dangerous painkillers that use the opioid receptors in your nerves to relieve pain, relax the body, and sometimes to put someone under as an anesthetic. No other painkillers can compare to opioids like morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, and even the opioid codeine makes an excellent over-the-counter mild pain reliever.

Unfortunately, opioids have some equally powerful side effects. The drugs cause something called a chemical dependence, which means the body adjusts to getting opioid doses and needs more over time to get the same effect. And if it doesn’t get any, it can lead to a painful withdrawal. On top of that, opioids are addicting and can cause a mental disease that this chemical dependence reinforces.

But because we still need powerful pain relievers, doctors continue to prescribe morphine and other opioids, a fact that’s contributed to a recent epidemic of opioid addiction. Various government and private organizations are doing what they can to stop this epidemic, including medical researchers who are looking for a non-addictive (or at least less addictive) opioid with the power to relieve pain but fewer unwelcome side effects.

If nothing else, an opioid that doesn’t relax the lungs would lead to fewer deaths. Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from opioid overdoses because of the way they relax the body to the point that you stop breathing.

Right now there are at least three opioids that could help the current situation. Oliceridine is near the end of the testing phase, and it doesn’t seem to affect the lungs at all. It still has the addiction risk of regular opioids, but it could at least replace morphine in hospitals as a safer alternative. Scientists have developed a drug from a plant called kratom, but while it could have fewer side effects it still needs to go through more tests. A third compound is only just starting its trials, but it shows signs of being less addicting and having less of a tolerance build-up than normal opioids.

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