Holy Grail: Pain Pills Without the High

March 18, 2015 11:54 AM

16 15

Holy Grail: Pain Pills Without the High

Last year, scientists enlisted 40 recreational drug users to test one of the hottest questions in pharmaceutical research: Is it possible to develop a strong painkiller that doesn’t make people high?

The participants, who acknowledged a history of illicit drug use, received three different injections—an experimental painkiller from Cara Therapeutics Inc., an older painkiller and saline. After each, the researchers checked participants’ vitals and asked a series of questions: How high do you feel...

Also read: North Korea’s Nuclear Test Site Is Largely Unusable, Chinese Scientists Say

Read more

To category page