Here’s an alternate view on the announcement of a new non-addictive opioid medication. This poster does an excellent job of tracking down the hidden agenda behind such articles that rave about the latest, supposedly effective, yet non-addictive pain medication.
I may not be a neurologist, but I can read between the lines. Researchers are trying to go around the main areas of the brain that deal with pain to target the area that deals with the “emotional component” of pain. It’s my understanding that this is how antidepressants can alleviate pain, along with other drugs prescribed off-label for pain, like anticonvulsants and antipsychotics. It’s also similar to drugs used to treat addiction.
I wish the research community was on the right path in the study of pain, but as far as I’m concerned, they’re following paths dictated by the funding they receive, which is anti-opioid. (In other words, we’re fucked.)
An interesting read: https://painkills2.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/dont-be-fooled-3/