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24th Napa Pain Conference

NPC2017-Su03 - The Future of Opioid Therapy: Emerging Research and Changing Paradigms

Aug 20, 2017 9:00am ‐ Aug 20, 2017 10:00am

Credits: None available.



9:00 Current Climate of Opioid Prescribing in the United States: An Evolving Paradigm: Samir Sheth, MD

9:30 Emerging Research & Potential Solutions: Gregory Scherrer, PhD, PharmD


  • Corder, Gregory, et al. “Loss of μ opioid receptor signaling in nociceptors, but not microglia, abrogates morphine tolerance without disrupting analgesia.” Nature 201 (2017): 7.
    Abstract : Opioid pain medications have detrimental side effects including analgesic tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH). Tolerance and OIH counteract opioid analgesia and drive dose escalation. The cell types and receptors on which opioids act to initiate these maladaptive processes remain disputed, which has prevented the development of therapies to maximize and sustain opioid analgesic efficacy. We found that μ opioid receptors (MORs) expressed by primary afferent nociceptors initiate tolerance and OIH development. RNA sequencing and histological analysis revealed that MORs are expressed by nociceptors, but not by spinal microglia. Deletion of MORs specifically in nociceptors eliminated morphine tolerance, OIH and pronociceptive synaptic long-term potentiation without altering antinociception. Furthermore, we found that co-administration of methylnaltrexone bromide, a peripherally restricted MOR antagonist, was sufficient to abrogate morphine tolerance and OIH without diminishing antinociception in perioperative and chronic pain models. Collectively, our data support the idea that opioid agonists can be combined with peripheral MOR antagonists to limit analgesic tolerance and OIH.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Journal of Pain & Palliative care Pharmacotherapy 30.2 (2016): 138-140.


Category: CME


Credits: None available.

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