The hunt for opioid alternatives: Researchers look to sensory blocking substances from the ocean

Opioids are increasingly causing people to become addicted, often leading to overdoses. They are still however, heavily prescribed. Research teams have been looking for safer alternatives. A research team have been given a grant to study marine organisms, specifically those that use venom as defense mechanisms, to find a way to block pain in humans without casing the addictive problems that come with prescription narcotics.

Key Takeaways:

  • due to the 52,000 deaths cause by the over doses of Opioid drugs, scientists and researchers are now trying to find new ways to treat pain in their patients
  • Historically, people have resorted to the use of using nutrients from plants in nature as a pain killer, but that has now changed
  • pain is supposedly a normal thing thats apart of the body and it could be caused the abnormal neuropathic process which is something researchers plan to work on

“The study aims to isolate various compounds from marine organisms and their venoms in order to identify the next non-opioid pain reliever.”