Opioids that hit different brain target could be less addictive


Description:Spencer Platt/Getty By Sam Wong New opioid drugs with less addictive potential could be on the way thanks to a study revealing how morphine derivatives bind to a receptor. Opioid painkillers act on several receptors in the brain. Most of their effects are brought about through the mu opioid receptor, but this pathway is associated with severe side effects, including physical dependence and suppression of breathing, which can be fatal. Over 50,
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