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Study: Non-addictive painkiller is safe, effective in animals

Study: Non-addictive painkiller is safe, effective in animals

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Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a safe and non-addictive painkiller as an alternative to current opioids, according to a study of animals. A new chemical compound called AT-121 suppressed the addictive effects of opioids but produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates. The research by scientists at the Wake Forest School of Medicine was published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. "Misuse of prescription opioids, opioid addiction and overdose underscore the urgent need for developing addiction-free effective medications for treating severe pain," the researchers wrote in the study. The National Institute on Drug Abuse supported the research. "In our study, we found AT-121 to be safe and non-addictive, as well as an effective pain medica...