University of Akron Researcher Delivers Polymer Pain Relief to Fight the Opioid Crisis

Story excerpt provided by WKSU

Written by Jeff St. Clair.

One way the state of Ohio is trying to combat the opioid crisis is by funding new technologies to prevent addiction.

Last month the University of Akron shared in $10 million in state grants as part of that initiative.

On this Week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how a personal experience with opioids inspired a local researcher’s quest for new methods of pain relief.

Our nation’s problem with pain management hit University of Akron polymer scientist Matthew Becker recently when his wife had laparoscopic surgery.

“I took her home from the hospital,” he says, with a prescription that called for 60 pain meds.  “She took one,” says Becker.

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Originally published 1/22/18.

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