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Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain

The search is on for opioid alternatives that can block pain without causing addiction. One promising candidate: snail venom.
Source: Hiroshi Watanabe

The goal is simple: a drug that can relieve chronic pain without causing addiction.

But achieving that goal has proved difficult, says Edward Bilsky, a pharmacologist who serves as the provost and chief academic officer at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Wash.

"We know a

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