As opioid overdose deaths skyrocket, local research leads to important discovery

WVUE - Living with chronic pain is not easy, but medical professionals say overuse of painkillers leads to overdoses, and some people who start out on opioid pain medicine transition to heroin.

Local researchers have developed a painkiller that is as strong as one widely used opioid drug, but is not likely addictive.

"It stopped me from getting a lot of things I want out of life,” said a heroin addict living in New Orleans.