Potential addiction-free painkiller identified

WASHINGTON, May 19:
Scientists have identified an enzyme that can help control inflammation and may pave the way for non-addictive painkillers which produce few side effects. Millions of people suffer from substance abuse disorders related to opioid use for pain relief, and thousands die as a result of drug abuse involving opioids and related drugs, researchers said. As the problem amplifies, researchers are seeking non-addictive chronic pain treatment options that produce few or no negative side effects. Ken Hsu, a professor at the University of Virginia in the US, and his graduate student, Myungsun Shin, identified an enzyme that “chews up fat” molecules to produce chemical signals that control inflammation. (PTI)