There is nothing more effective for treating acute pain than opioids, said University of Washington pharmacology professor Charles Chavkin at a recent discussion on the "next generation" of pain therapeutics hosted by Life Science Washington in Seattle.
For some people, however, opioids aren't just painkillers. Instead, they serve as a lure into an addictive, self-destructive lifestyle. The sense of euphoria that opioids can cause proves irresistible to some addicts. For this reason, pharmaceutical companies are seeking to discover and develop non-opioid, non-addictive drugs to treat pain.
Alternatives to Opioids
Jeffrey Herz reported that his company, Algomedix, is studying a drug that blocks a protein ion channel called...