Researchers receive nearly $5 million to curb opioid cravings

Added on Monday January 06 - 1:57 PM
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Opioid overdoses take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans annually. Two researchers fromPenn State College of Medicine have received nearly $5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study whether an already-approved drug can be used to reduce cravings and prevent relapse in those struggling with opioid addiction.

The two-year project, led by Patricia “Sue” Grigson, professor and chair in the Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, and Scott Bunce, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, is part of the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, which aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder and overdose an achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

The investigators, members of Penn State Addiction Center for Translation, said the project is designed to address a key factor in relapse, and a common request made by people who are struggling with opioid use disorder – for something to reduce or eliminate their cravings.

 

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