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Friday, May 4th, 2012

New Anti-Addiction medication

The National Institute of Health is releasing a report that states that thanks to new research, that is giving a better understanding of the properties of the only member of the opioid receptor family; whose activation counteracts the rewarding effects of addictive drugs, scientist are one step closer to developing anti-addiction medications.  These studies were supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and the National Institute of Mental Health.  The NIDA Director, Dr. Nora D. Volkow stated, “Drug abuse and addiction remain devastating public health challenges in the United States.  This research could aid in the development of effective medications for the treatment of drug addiction, particularly to stimulants like cocaine, for which there are no medications currently available.  It may also be valuable for the development of safer pain medications.” Maybe with this knowledge we can keep people out of New Mexico drug rehabs and ones all across the country.

The Kappa opioid receptor (KOR) does not go along with the development of physical dependence or the abuse potential of opiate drugs like heroin or morphine.  So medications that act at the KOR could have broad therapeutic potential for addressing addiction, pain, as well as other mental disorders.  There is a leading compound for this purpose and it is called JDTic and the reason is because its specific binding to the KOR has been shown to reduce relapse to cocaine seeking in animal models.  JDTic is currently in clinical trials to assess its safety and tolerability in humans.

It would be nice if there were a pill to take and then your addiction would be gone.  In this fast paced world it seems that is what is wanted.  Most of us just want to take a pill and that makes it all better.  The real solution is to get off drugs or to not start taking them to begin with.  If you know someone who needs help to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or heroin rehab where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

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Monday, February 20th, 2012

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