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This tiny implant is poised to take on America’s heroin epidemic

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An implant that delivers a medication continuously for six months could help address some of the toughest challenges with managing drug addiction.

The implants, an inch long and the width of a matchstick, carry a drug called buprenorphine, which scientists hope can help wean people off addiction.

Buprenorphine is an opioid that appears to work by activating the receptors in the brain that respond to opiates like prescription pain medications or heroin. It’s then designed to create a sealing effect over the receptors so the person who’s addicted doesn’t crave getting high to the same extreme, which helps cut down the risk the person will relapse.

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