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Repurposed arthritis drug could become a non-opioid pain reliever

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March 06, 2018

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A compound once studied as an arthritis therapy has been given new life as a possible non-opioid pain reliever by NIDA-funded scientists. When used in combination with morphine, the cannabinoid agonist drug appears to block chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain while decreasing signs of opioid dependence in mice.

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