CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WPRI)– Several Massachusetts researchers believe they are close to creating a non-addictive painkiller without the dangerous side effects of opioid alternatives.
CBS News reports that Blue Therapeutics, Blue 181, a group of three Harvard-trained scientists, could be the masters behind creating a substance that will aid the growing opioid crisis. The group’s goal is to make a drug that is a complete replacement for opioids currently on the market.
According to CBS, Blue Therapeutics believe they’ve developed a breakthrough for the opioid crisis by through the non-narcotic, non-addictive painkiller, which is 50 times more powerful than morphine. They believe the answer lies in their molecule Blue-181, which works by clinging to a different receptor in the central nervous system than opioids do, thereby eliminating the narcotic high and risks of abuse and dependence.
This breakthrough has the potential to revolutionize pain management.
According to the Fall River Police department, there were 395 drug overdoses during the month of May alone. Data indicated they’re happening in private residences, parks, convenience stores, and fast food restaurants.
According to the Herald News, in Fall River, police outreach workers are now going out two nights per week to meet with recent overdose victims. So far, police say the program has connected 68 people to detox, family support or Narcan education services.
CBS stated that Blue Therapeutics says it could be five years or so before the drug makes it through clinical trials.