How scientists are hunting for a safer opioid painkiller

Researchers are raiding libraries, tweaking known drugs and taking innovative approaches

colorful selection of pills

People will always need pills of some kind to kill pain. Scientists are using different approaches to find new opioid painkillers that aren’t addictive and have fewer side effects.


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