LAS VEGAS, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – There is an opioid overdose epidemic occurring right now in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. is in crisis mode as it responds to this epidemic that claimed the lives of more than 33,000 people in 2015 alone. While federal and state regulations have clamped down on how doctors prescribe (more…)
UTMB scientist Kathryn Cunningham, director of the Center for Addiction Research and a professor in the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, conducted a preclinical study and found lorcaserin can reduce the cravings for the opioid oxycodone.
“The effectiveness of lorcaserin in reducing (more…)
Lorcaserin, a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone, researchers have confirmed. Opiate abuse is a major public health problem and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths from prescription opiate overdose in America has quadrupled since 1999.
High relapse rates, and too few people remaining in treatment programs long (more…)