Scientists at Scripps Florida in Jupiter say they’ve discovered a substance that promises to kill pain almost as effectively as morphine and oxycodone, but without the side effect of addiction. The analgesic is called conolidine and it has worked in mice as a painkiller and seems not to have side effects.
Conolidine is found in tiny amounts in the plant crepe jasmine, a shrub that grows in Florida and Asia and has been used in Chinese and Thai medicine. Scientists long had speculated that crepe jasmine could contain opiates, but the Scripps’ research showed that the analgesic compound in crepe jasmine is not an opiate.
South Florida is a national hub for the sale of oxycodone to addicts. A non-addictive painkiller would certainly be a welcomed in the scope of pain management.