Living ‘nerve circuit’ could test opioid alternatives

Half a million people in the US have died from opioid overdose in the past 10 years. Researchers hope a living bioengineered nerve circuit can change that.

Barri Bronston-Tulane • futurity
Sept. 22, 2021 ~4 min

OxyContin created the opioid crisis, but stigma and prohibition have fueled it

False narratives about drug addiction and policies that are not supported by research are deepening the overdose epidemic in the US.

Emily B. Campbell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of the Holy Cross • conversation
Sept. 16, 2021 ~11 min

How the Purdue opioid settlement could help the public understand the roots of the drug crisis

The multibillion-dollar settlement will trigger the release of troves of documents that may shine new light on what caused the opioid crisis.

Antoine Lentacker, Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Riverside • conversation
Sept. 1, 2021 ~10 min

Childhood trauma changes how morphine feels

New research suggests that "childhood trauma may lead to a greater sensitivity to the positive and pleasurable effects of opioids."

U. Queensland • futurity
Aug. 31, 2021 ~4 min

Opioid lawsuit payout plans overlook a vital need: pain management care and research focused on smarter use of addictive drugs

Ending the opioid epidemic requires addressing not only treatment gaps in addiction and overdose, but also inadequate pain management.

Mark C. Bicket, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 20, 2021 ~9 min

The aching red: Firefighters often silently suffer from trauma and job-related stress

Firefighters are hailed as heroes and pillars of strength, bravery and courage. But the daily stressors and traumas of their jobs take a heavy emotional toll that largely goes unnoticed by the public.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
Aug. 13, 2021 ~10 min

Designing less addictive opioids, through chemistry

While the COVID-19 pandemic raged on, the opioid epidemic got worse as drug overdose deaths soared. New research proposes a way to chemically modify opioids to reduce the risk of addiction.

Aaron W. Harrison, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Austin College • conversation
July 16, 2021 ~8 min

More Americans get opioid addiction treatment, but racial gaps remain

Substantially more people in the US with opioid use disorder are receiving treatment for the disease, but considerable racial gaps remain.

Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh • futurity
July 15, 2021 ~7 min

Algorithm could flag patients at risk of opioid relapse

A new diagnostic technique that has the potential to identify opioid-addicted patients at risk for relapse could lead to better treatment and outcomes.

Bev McCarron-Rutgers • futurity
June 22, 2021 ~4 min

Opioid overdoses spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, data from Pennsylvania show

The start of one new public health crisis didn't mean the end of another.

Ruchi Patel, Ph.D. Student in Geography, Penn State • conversation
June 14, 2021 ~8 min