The widespread availability of fentanyl and other potent synthetic opioids has dramatically increased opioid-related fatal overdoses. This project will develop and manufacture immune molecules (monoclonal antibodies) to reverse and treat overdose from fentanyl by keeping it out of the brain. This research will advance promising results in animal studies (preventing and reversing fentanyl- and carfentanil-induced breathing problems and irregular heartbeat) to clinical testing in people with opioid use disorder and others at high risk of opioid overdose from accidental or deliberate exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl-like drugs.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Substance use disorders/misuse