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Is ketamine an opioid?

from Pain News Network

A drug used to treat depression and pain is being touted as possible solution to the opioid crisis. Recently a South Carolina drug maker said it would partner with a medical device company to sell ketamine in take home medication bags that can be administered by an ambulatory pain pump. The idea is to give patients recovering from surgery a safer alternative to opioids. “We are proud to partner with InfuTronix Solutions to deliver opioid-free pain medication to patients across the country,” Nephron Pharmaceuticals CEO Lou Kennedy said in a statement. “The overuse of opioids is a crisis in America. Non-narcotic pain management is a cost-saving way that companies like ours can help save lives.” Non-narcotic? Opioid-free? That’s not what a team of researchers at Stanford University concluded last year after studying how ketamine works in the brain. more

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