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Amid opioid crisis, Butte, Montana's Bryan Roth building a better painkiller

February 5, 2018View for printing

A "nobody, basically" during high school in Butte, decades later Bryan Roth is making headlines nationwide for a breakthrough that could be a major step toward painkillers that aren't addictive.

Roth's lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studied how a protein in the brain interacts with opioids, which include oxycodone prescriptions, morphine, heroin and similar drugs. They then made a compound that interacts with only that protein.

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