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Sea Snail Venom Could Provide a New, Long-Lasting Alternative to Opioid Painkillers

Photo credit: James St. John via Wikimedia Commons

Written by: Peter Dockrill

A compound found in the venom of sea snails has been discovered to block pain, and does so by targeting a different molecular pathway to that used by opioid painkillers.

With estimates that more than 90 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, a new treatment formulated from the venom compound could provide an alternative to overused opioid medications – a crisis that’s been described as the worst drug epidemic in American history. Read more.

Published February 23, 2017 by Science Alert


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