Heroin, and other opioid drugs are used extensively in the treatment of severe pain but they are also drugs of abuse that are the major cause of death amongst drug addicts. Heroin addicts are often polydrug abusers taking a panoply of drugs such as alcohol, cocaine and benzodiazepines in addition to heroin. Until recently how these drugs interact and the dangers that result has been a matter of conjecture rather than of rational research. In his lecture Prof Henderson will discuss recent advances in opioid pharmacology that may lead to the development of novel therapeutic agents as well as to defining the specific dangers of polydrug abuse.
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