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

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma may settle legal claims with a new 'public trust' that would still be dedicated to profit

The government has tried to harness profit-driven drugmaking to serve public health before. The results were underwhelming.

David Herzberg, Associate Professor of History, University at Buffalo • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~10 min

How gene editing a person's brain cells could be used to curb the opioid epidemic

A person dies of opioid overdose once every 13 minutes in the US. A researcher proposes a way using existing technology to remove the opioid target in people to prevent overdoses.

Craig W. Stevens, Professor of Pharmacology, Oklahoma State University • conversation
Aug. 5, 2020 ~9 min