The answer to opioid crisis? Researcher will soon test his non-addictive pain drug

by Cathie Anderson

University of California, Davis professor Bruce Hammock has spent a 50-year career studying insects. He probably wouldn't be the Ph.D. considered most likely to shake up the multibillion-dollar prescription painkiller market.

Nonetheless, he has developed a medication for chronic pain that he said has proved both effective and non-addictive in animal trials.

Could his discovery put an end to the devastating death toll caused by opioids such as fentanyl, oxycodone and hydrocodone, drugs that racked up $24.5 billion in sales in 2018?