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Will Widespread Synthetic Opioid Consumption Induce Epigenetic Consequences in Future Generations?

Gilardi F, Augsburger M, Thomas A.

Front Pharmacol. 2018 Jul 3;9:702. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.00702.


An overview of abuse-deterrent opioids and recommendations for practical patient care.

Adler JA, Mallick-Searle T.

J Multidiscip Healthc. 2018 Jul 11;11:323-332. doi: 10.2147/JMDH.S166915.


EMCDDA. Fentanils and synthetic cannabinoids: driving greater complexity into the drug situation. 

An update from the EU Early Warning System (June 2018), Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.


Schutzmechanismus der Zellen schwächt Opiatwirkung ab

Jena – Eine Toleranzentwicklung kann bei der Opiattherapie bekanntlich eine Vervielfachung der Dosis notwendig machen, um die gewünschte Schmerzlinderung zu erzielen. Mechanismen, die zur Desensibilisierung der Opioidrezeptoren führen, hat jetzt ein internationales Wissenschaftlerteam aus Jena, Sydney, Melbourne und Marburg beschrieben. (aerzteblatt.de, 03.08.2018)


Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action - NIH-funded scientists find new molecular target for developing safer pain medications

A new discovery shows that opioids used to treat pain, such as morphine and oxycodone, produce their effects by binding to receptors inside neurons, contrary to conventional wisdom that they acted only on the same surface receptors as endogenous opioids, which are produced naturally in the brain. However, when researchers funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) used a novel molecular probe to test that common assumption, they discovered that medically used opioids also bind to receptors that are not a target for the naturally occurring opioids. (NIDA – National Institute on Drug Abuse, USA, 09.05.2018)


Kanada. Nearly all drugs sold as heroin in Vancouver contain fentanyl, study finds

More than 80 per cent of drugs sold as heroin on the streets of Vancouver don’t contain any heroin at all, while nearly all of them contain the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, according to the findings of a pilot project led by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). (The Globe and Mail, Kanada, 31.07.2018)


A Genetically Encoded Biosensor Reveals Location Bias of Opioid Drug Action

Stoeber, Miriam et al.

Neuron , Volume 0 , Issue 0 , doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2018.04.021



Pharmacotoxicology of Non-fentanyl Derived New Synthetic Opioids.

Solimini R, Pichini S, Pacifici R, Busardò FP, Giorgetti R.

Front Pharmacol. 2018 Jun 20;9:654. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2018.00654. 


How fentanyl could alter global drug policy

Policymakers and the public are acutely aware that the powerful opioid fentanyl has significantly worsened the country’s opioid epidemic, accounting for almost 20,000 deaths in 2016. But few people appreciate fentanyl’s potential to permanently alter illegal drug markets and international relations along with them. (Washington Post, 22.05.2018)


[Neurobiology of opioid dependence].

Scherbaum N, Bonnet U.

Schmerz. 2018 Jun 26. doi: 10.1007/s00482-018-0304-8. [Epub ahead of print] German. 



Opioids of the Masses - Stopping an American Epidemic From Going Global

(Foreign Affairs, Mai/Juni 2918)


Is tapentadol a potential Trojan horse in the postdextropropoxyphene era in India?

Basu A, Mahadevan J, Ithal D, Selvaraj S, Chand PK, Murthy P.

Indian J Pharmacol. 2018 Jan-Feb;50(1):44-46. doi: 10.4103/ijp.IJP_21_17.


Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins

The opioid’s potency has transformed the global trafficking — and policing — of narcotics. (Bloomberg, 22.05.2018)


Neues Verfahren zeigt, wie Opioide im Gehirn (genau) wirken

Martinsried – Ein neues Verfahren, das tiefere Einblicke in die Reaktion des Gehirns auf Opioide erlaubt, haben Forscher aus Deutschland, Österreich und den USA in der Fachzeitschrift Science vorgestellt (doi 10.1126/science.aao4927). (aerzteblatt.de, 07.07.2018)


Tramadol. An Opioid Popularised by a Nazi Doctor Is Ravaging Africa

The former director of the drug enforcement agency in Nigeria estimated in 2016 that seven in ten boys were abusing drugs like tramadol. (Vice, UK, 21.05.2018)


Opioide bei chronischen Schmerzen - DAUERHAFT STARKE SCHMERZEN – WANN HELFEN OPIOIDE? Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin (ÄZQ)

Im Auftrag von: Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung (KBV) und Bundesärztekammer (BÄK)

2. Auflage, 2018 DOI: 10.6101/AZQ/000409


Body's 'natural opioids' affect brain cells much differently than morphine

A new study led by UC San Francisco scientists shows that brain cells, or neurons, react differently to opioid substances created inside the body - the endorphins responsible for the "natural high" that can be produced by exercise, for example - than they do to morphine and heroin, or to purely synthetic opioid drugs, such as fentanyl. The researchers say their findings may help explain why the use of synthetic opioids can lead to addiction. (University of California San Francisco, USA, 10.05.2018)


Opiates increase the number of hypocretin-producing cells in human and mouse brain and reverse cataplexy in a mouse model of narcolepsy

By Thomas C. Thannickal, Joshi John, Ling Shan, Dick F. Swaab, Ming-Fung Wu, Lalini Ramanathan, Ronald McGregor, Keng-Tee Chew, Marcia Cornford, Akihiro Yamanaka, Ayumu Inutsuka, Rolf Fronczek, Gert Jan Lammers, Paul F. Worley, Jerome M. Siegel

Science Translational Medicine 27 Jun 2018 


Re-energizing the Development of Pain Therapeutics in Light of the Opioid Epidemic

Skolnick, Phil et al.

Neuron , Volume 92 , Issue 2 , 294 - 297 


Opiate könnten Narkolepsie lindern

Los Angeles – Die zufällige Entdeckung einer erhöhten Hypocretin-Konzentration im Gehirn von Drogentoten brachte US-Forscher auf die Idee, die Narkolepsie, die durch einen Mangel an Hypocretin ausgelöst wird, mit Opiaten zu behandeln. Erste tierexperimentelle Studien in Science Translational Medicine (2018; 10: eaao4953) zeigen, dass die Therapie erfolgreich sein könnte. (aerzteblatt.de, 29.06.2018)


Blocking interleukin-4 enhances efficacy of vaccines for treatment of opioid abuse and prevention of opioid overdose.

Laudenbach M, Baruffaldi F, Robinson C, Carter P, Seelig D, Baehr C, Pravetoni M.

Sci Rep. 2018 Apr 3;8(1):5508. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23777-6.


Synthesis of opium alkaloids using electric current

A selective electrochemical reaction enables the synthesis of thebaine and offers a solution to a long-standing synthetic challenge. (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 28.06.2018)


Guidance: Fentanyl: preparing for a future threat - Incident planning for potent opioids arriving into the illicit drug market. 

Guidance for local areas on planning to deal with fentanyl or another potent opioid

Ref: PHE publications gateway number 2017860, PHE – Public Health England, 08.05.2018


Synthese von Opium-Alkaloiden mithilfe von elektrischem Strom

Eine selektive elektrochemische Reaktion erlaubt die Darstellung von Thebain und löst eine altbekannte synthetische Herausforderung. (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 28.06.2018)


Tramadol. Schmerzmittel als Droge: Westafrika wird von Opioiden überschwemmt (Audio)

Nicht nur in den USA sind ganze Bevölkerungschichten von opioiden Schmerzmitteln abhängig. Auch in Togo und anderen afrikanischen Ländern sind die kleinen grünen Pillen längst eine Volksdroge. Die Folgen sind verheerend. Suchthilfe für die Betroffenen gibt es kaum. (Deutschlandfunk, 22.04.2018, Audio, 27:11)


Brain's response to opioids: New research provides expanded insights: Study also provides clues to new class of painkillers with fewer side effects.

Opioids are powerful painkillers that act on the brain, but they have a range of harmful side effects including addiction. Researchers have developed a tool that gives deeper insights into the brain's response to opioids. (Temple University Health System, Science Daily, 21.06.2018)