Safer opioid painkiller made from scratch

Posted by - August 17, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers have developed a new opioid drug candidate that blocks pain without triggering the dangerous side effects of current prescription painkillers. Their secret? Starting from scratch — with computational techniques that let them explore more than four trillion different chemical interactions.

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US and Mexican controls on precursor chemicals may reduce cocaine and meth use in the US

Posted by - August 17, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteIn December 2006, the USA regulated sodium permanganate, a chemical essential to the manufacture of cocaine. In March 2007, Mexico, the USA’s primary source for methamphetamine, closed a chemical company accused of illicitly importing more than 60 tons of pseudoephedrine, a methamphetamine precursor chemical. A study published by

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Molecule in brain may drive cocaine addiction, scientists show

Posted by - August 10, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteA new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), suggests that increased levels of a molecule in the brain, called hypocretin, may contribute

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