Strategies to combat the opioid epidemic

November 15, 2017, American Chemical Society
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The opioid epidemic is ravaging lives and tearing families apart. Overdose deaths from heroin, fentanyl and misused prescription painkillers have tripled in the past 15 years. Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explores how abuse-deterring and novel formulations for painkillers in addition to crime-fighting tools to quickly identify opioids could help curb the crisis.

Oxycontin made its debut in 1996 as a prescription pain treatment. By 2004, it had become a leading drug of abuse in the U.S., C&EN reports. To help curb the crisis, drugmakers have begun formulating opioid pills with special coatings or infusions that would make them harder to misuse. But these abuse-deterrent opioids are nearly double the price of the original formulation - literally a high price for patients who need the medications for relief from extreme pain. And whether they effectively reduce remains to be seen. In other pharmaceutical efforts to help combat the epidemic, some labs are looking to replace opioids altogether with novel and equally effective painkillers.

On another front in this fight, scientists are developing powerful opioid detectors to help law enforcement officers quickly identify the drugs on the street and minimize officers' own risk of exposure. Powders can easily spill onto clothing or become airborne, increasing the risk of accidental inhalation or ingestion by and lab technicians. With new instruments at their disposal, police do not even need to open a bag or come into contact with the drug to identify it.

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BubbaNicholson
1 / 5 (2) Nov 15, 2017
250mg of healthy adult male facial skin surface lipid pheromone taken by mouth cures all symptoms of opioid addiction without withdrawal in 8 seconds. The cure is trivial.
Avoid the airborne sub-pheromone with negative air pressure, fume hoods, fans, open vacuums, isolation of treated addicts for 40 days.
Captain Stumpy
not rated yet Nov 26, 2017
@bubba the pseudoscience FRAUD
cures all symptoms of opioid addiction
there is absolutely no empirical evidence supporting this claim

nor is there studies, statistics or any scientific evidence supporting your claim

repeating a lie doesn't make it more true, regardless of the cult beliefs you have

Your comment is debunked by the following study:
there is no robust bioassay-led evidence for the widely published claims that four steroid molecules are human pheromones
http://rspb.royal...full.pdf

lastly: prescribing a psychotropic is regulated by US Federal and state law making your fraud above punishable under federal and state statute, which I've already posted to you multiple times

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