With the opioid epidemic of approximately 26.4 million abusing opioids worldwide, painkillers are a hot topic for discussion. The American Society of Addiction notes that 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain medication occurred in 2016. Harvard Medical School denotes the easy path to addiction by describing that once the pain relief fades away, the dosage increases. The inherent fear of becoming addicted to medication is one that many people face – whether the person is feeling pain from an injury, stress, addiction, psychological need or something else.

Scientists have been working hard to deliver effective, non-abuse medication that patients can rely on. One such medication that is being created currently is called PMZ21, according to Latest Journal. Researchers from UC San Francisco, Stanford University, the University of North Carolina, and the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany have created a compound that kills pain and works just as effectively as opioids, without the concern of addiction. In fact, PMZ21 has been shown to only activate the body’s pathway for dealing with pain, and does not depress breathing rate.

Another medication that has been created with non-addictive properties is called BU08028. This is derived from buprenorphine, which is used to treat opioid addiction, often in addition to naloxone. Buprenorphine is considered a partial agonist and is less potent, compared to full agonist medications like morphine and heroin which completely activate the brain’s opioid receptors and have an even higher chance of addiction. Medical Daily claims that BU08028 was designed to serve as a partial agonist aimed at even more effective treatment for pain relief. Some scientists are considered about the use of BU08028 for long-term use, however.

Although there are medications that may be less addictive for pain relief, there are natural ways to relieve pain. Stretching is a wonderful way to release stress in the muscles and build flexibility. Meditation has been known to help people relieve pain from stress, and yoga/tai chi are wonderful modes of meditation/movement to help loosen the body and feel more restored.

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