Although US forces have used Fentanyl lollipops instead of the more traditional Morphine Syrette for battlefield pain relief following serious trauma a recent scientific discovery might see morphine replaced altogether.
Instead of Morphine, which can have a range of serious side effects, scientists have been experimenting with a a pain relief compound derived from Black Mamba venom.
In the snappily titled ‘Black mamba venom peptides target acid-sensing ion channels to abolish pain’ published in the Nature Journal, the French scientists from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology describe;
a new class of three-finger peptides from another snake, the black mamba, is able to abolish pain through inhibition of ASICs expressed either in central or peripheral neurons
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Whether this will eventually find a military application is of course uncertain, they have to be injected into the spine which makes them especially difficult to administer, but interesting nevertheless.