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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 40 million people in the United States had a substance use disorder in 2020. In addition, over the last decade, the prevalence of opioid addition has increased to epidemic levels. Unfortunately, therapeutic interventions for the treatment of addiction remain limited.

Florida Atlantic University’s Randy D. Blakely, Ph.D., and Maureen K. Hahn, Ph.D., have received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a novel method to identify therapeutic agents to treat addiction. The invention, related to the fields of pharmacology, medicine, neurology and psychiatry, targets the protein MBLAC1, which the Blakely lab identified as the mammalian form of a gene the group first identified in worms as a modifier of signaling by the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Glia are non-neuronal cells in the brain and peripheral nervous system well known to support neuronal metabolism and the rapid transmission of impulses.

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) researchers have unveiled a groundbreaking method that promises to transform addiction treatment. In a recent breakthrough, FAU researchers have identified a novel approach to pinpoint therapeutic agents for addiction treatment, ushering in a new era of hope for individuals battling addiction.

This pioneering method utilizes cutting-edge technology and advanced research techniques to identify substances capable of combating addiction more effectively. This discovery holds immense promise for those struggling with substance abuse by targeting addiction at its core.

Addiction is a complex and challenging condition that affects countless lives. If you or someone you know is grappling with addiction, it’s essential to seek help—fortunately, RehabNear.Me is here to provide the support and guidance you need on your journey to recovery.

Don’t let addiction control your life any longer. Reach out to RehabNear.Me today at 855-339-1112. Our compassionate and experienced team is ready to connect you with the resources and treatment options you need to regain control and find a path toward a brighter, addiction-free future. Call today and take the first step toward a healthier, happier life.


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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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