The ocean could offer alternatives to opioids


Today’s Video of the Day comes from the University of Utah and features a look at how the ocean could provide alternatives to opioids to treat chronic pain.

To battle the opioid crisis, the Department of Defense has granted this team of researchers $10 millions over the course of four years to identify natural compounds for pain management.

“Societal dependence on opioid drugs has created an urgent need to find alternatives to these medications to treat chronic pain,” said J. Michael McIntosh, M.D., professor of psychiatry at University of Utah Health. “This project turns to ocean organisms to identify the next generation of therapeutic pain medications.”

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: University of Utah Health