Dr Mary Hornick – Dr Ashley Stefanski | Exploring the Potential of Hallucinogens for Treating Opioid Use Disorder

May 15, 2024 | health and medicine

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Opioid use disorder has been on the rise in the USA, fueled by an increased availability of fentanyl and other opioids. Current gold-standard treatments involve using opioid agonist drugs, such as methadone or buprenorphine alone or in combination with opioid antagonists, to address cravings and withdrawal. However, these treatments suffer from high levels of patient relapse and can pose safety risks. A promising alternative lies in using hallucinogenic compounds that can enable ‘neuroplasticity’, which means changing the brain’s neural architecture, potentially allowing patients to overcome their addictive behaviors. Read More

Original Article Reference

Summary of the paper: ‘Hallucinogenic potential: a review of psychoplastogens for the treatment of opioid use disorder’, in Frontiers in Pharmacology, doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2023.1221719

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For further information, you can connect with Dr. Mary Hornick at Mhornick02@roosevelt.edu or Dr. Ashley Stefanski at Astefans@roosevelt.edu

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