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Could There Be A Non-Addicting Painkiller In Our Future?

The history of humans and opium is troubled to say the least. We’ve been using it medicinally for thousands of years for things like coughs, asthma, and pain relief, and once we successfully managed to extract morphine from opium latex towards the start of the 19th century we were able to use it as a very powerful and very reliable painkiller.

Unfortunately, opium and virtually all its derivatives (which include virtually all prescription painkillers of moderate or powerful strength) also happen to be addicting to one extent or another. They’re so addicting, in fact, that China and Great Britain fought two wars over opium distribution and the majority of all drug overdose deaths are thanks to heroin and prescription opioid medications.

Despite its pitfalls, however, physicians continue to use and prescribe morphine and other opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone because they have no real alternatives. However, that fact may change within the next few years thanks to a newly engineered drug being researched at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. This drug uses variants on endomorphin, a peptide found naturally in the human nervous system.

Initial studies on rats have shown that these new drugs have the ability to relieve pain to the same extent as morphine, and during further studies where the rats were allowed to “feed their habit,” those rats who became addicted to morphine continued to use morphine without any outside interference while those who were exposed to an equal amount of endomorphin drugs had no desire at all to continue taking the drug after their pain had passed.

It’s still too early to get our hopes up, however. Rats and humans are very different animals, and while we may both be susceptible to opioid addiction there’s no guarantee yet that endomorphin drugs won’t cause some unintended side effects in people. Still, if the new medication proves to be even somewhat less likely to cause a chemical dependency, it’ll be sure to become incredibly popular the day after the FDA approves it.

You’ll also be sure to get a discount when you buy it at the pharmacy if you show them your USARx pharmacy discount card. Getting a card of your own is free and easy, and afterwards you can expect up to 75 percent off the commercial price of prescription medications in any of 60,000 pharmacies across the nation. You can email us at [email protected] and call us toll-free at 888-277-3911 if you want to find out more.

Published March 3rd, 2016 by USA Rx
Fact Checked by Chris Riley

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