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How can patients get pain relief without the looming terror of addiction? This is a question that has been blossoming in the minds of civilians and doctors across the country as the Opioid Crisis continues to spread. Although people who have undergone surgery or live with chronic pain need immediate relief, unfortunately, one of the best options just happens to be one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet: opioid painkillers. So, is there a way to get immediate relief without becoming an abuser or an addict? As unbelievable as this may sound, scientists may be closer to developing a drug that could solve all these problems and (if approved) throw a wrench into the Opioid Crisis for good. Let’s take a closer look at the new nonopioid drug that is currently in the making.

Bioactive Lipids vs. Opioids

Recently, researchers at the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience teamed up with the University of San Diego and the National Institute of Health (NIH) to create a nonopioid drug that could help patients find relief without the gnawing worry of addiction. Ultimately, the group developed the compound (ML351) to target enzyme 15-Lipoxygenase-1, a lipid that is directly related to chronic pain that cannot be relieved by OTC medications. As a result, patients suffering from this problem will turn to powerful opioids (which can ultimately lead to addiction). Overall, the scientists hope that ML351 will target this bioactive lipid and help people who cannot find relief for inflammation and pain.

Living with Chronic Pain

According to Matt Buczynski (assistant professor of neuroscience), the chronic activation of a sensation (pain) that is intended to protect people from harm can cripple a human being. Nowadays, only a few drugs on the market can suppress the effects of chronic inflammation and pain (particularly the type caused by autoimmune diseases). In a miraculous turn of events, ML351 can actually suppress these receptors that automatically kickstart chronic pain and could prove beneficial for people who suffer from additional type of discomfort. Could we be one step closer to ending the Opioid Crisis?

Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.