Jennifer Whistler: On the Search for Safer Opioids
The opioid epidemic has been called the “deadliest drug crisis in American history” by the New York Times. Overdoses claim the lives of more than 90 Americans each day, and about two million people battle substance abuse disorders stemming from prescription opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
According to Center for Neuroscience Associate Director Jennifer Whistler, professor of physiology and membrane biology, opioid drug development is headed in the wrong direction. Whistler wants to create a balanced opioid that more closely mimics the way endorphins in the body switch pain relief on and off.