How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis

With the opioid crisis in the spotlight,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States in 2017, two-thirds of drug overdose deaths involved an opioid.

In the same year, 47,000 people died due to opioid overdoses, and prescription opioids played a role in 36% of these deaths.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017, 1.7 million people in the U.S. had “substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers.”

The statistics above underline the urgent need for a nonaddictive but still effective replacement for opioids.

Dr. Daniel Kohane, Ph.D., recently led a study by a group of researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts who believe that they might have found the solution in a lethal ocean-derived toxin. The scientists published their most recent findings in the journa


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