August 19, 2016

WELL, GOOD: Scientists just developed a safer alternative to morphine without the dangerous side effects. “The drug, called PZM21, was custom-engineered to dock with the brain’s morphine receptor and alleviate pain, but without inducing morphine’s sometimes deadly side effects, such as suppressing breathing. . . . When tested on lab mice, the drug appeared to offer similar levels of pain relief to morphine, while showing reduced breathing impairment and constipation effects. The researchers also suggest that the drug might not be so addictive, because it doesn’t activate the brain’s dopamine systems.”

Well, stay tuned. And remember that heroin was originally introduced as a less-addictive alternative to morphine. . .

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