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Heroine and Morphine Addicts: Fear no Pain

Update Date: Aug 15, 2012 10:46 AM EDT
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The pain of Morphine and Heroin addiction, if never experienced, is indescribable. The sensation equivalent is an escalating fever, complete with chills, hot flashes and overly sensitive skin. With the help of rehabilitation centers addicts are given the chance to get clean, however the painful road to sobriety keep many out of the centers and hooked on the juice.

Now, in a major scientific breakthrough, a mixed team of international and domestic researchers have found a way to chemically block the harrowing need for the narcotics, while at the same time relieving pain.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide and Colorado have "discovered the key mechanism in the body's immune system that amplifies addiction to opioid drugs," according to the University of Adelaide's website.

The results, which will be published in the August 16 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, show that addiction can be blocked via the immune-system, without leading to neural complications. Experts conclude that this finding can potentially lead to co-formulated drugs that can dilute severe pain, without providing the drugging effects of morphine and current pain killers.

Senior author Professor Linda Watkins, from the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, says: "This work fundamentally changes what we understand about opioids, reward and addiction. We've suspected for some years that TLR4 may be the key to blocking opioid addiction, but now we have the proof."

Though clinical Trials are still 18 months away, Dr. Linda Watkins from the center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder asserts in a statement to UA press that she and colleagues, "believe this will prove extremely useful as a co-formulated drug with morphine, so that patients who require relief for severe pain will not become addicted but still receive pain relief. This has the potential to lead to major advances in patient and palliative care."

If you or a loved one is suffering from Heroin or Morphine addiction, visit www.Helpguide.org to learn more information about the steps needed for a safe and clean recovery. Recognize that you are not alone, and far from shameful addiction is a serious medical condition that should be treated with identical care.

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