As the opioid epidemic rages on across the country, Indiana researchers are among those rethinking pain management.
But non-opioid medication has fallen short for those with chronic pain.
When you’re hurt, your nervous system sends a signal to your brain and you feel pain. Most pain medications mask the pain by blocking the receptors that cause you to feel it.
According to Richard van Rijn – a Purdue University medicinal chemist and molecular pharmacologist – the right type of medication depends on the type of pain. He says for chronic pain, it’s hard to find effective medication.