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Scripps in Florida May Have Developed a Morphine Alternative

Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have manufactured a copy of a rare natural product from the bark of a tropical flowering plant — a morphine alternative. This may give the scientific foundation to develop an effective alternative to commonly, and often addictive, prescribed narcotic painkillers. Synthetic conolidine is a strong painkiller that is as effective as morphine in alleviating inflammatory and acute pain. The synthetic product has proven to have few, if any, side effects. The rare natural product comes from a plant called crepe jasmine. The leaves of the plant have been used for years in China, Thailand and India to fight pain.

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