An experimental opioid drug designed to alleviate acute pain without the risk of abuse or addiction has “enormous” potential to treat some types of chronic pain, according to pain management experts. “’You may see it being useful for something like arthritis, where there is constant pressure and inflammation of joints that create the pain. But it’s not likely to be effective for other types of central nervous system pain, like fibromyalgia. It’s probably not going to work for that,’ said Bob Twillman, PhD, Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Advocacy for the American Academy of Pain Management.”

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