Tennessee professor earns $10,000 grant for research into transdermal treatments for opioid addiction

Tennessee professor earns $10,000 grant for research into transdermal treatments for opioid addiction

Dr. Ashana Puri, a professor at East Tennessee State University, has earned a $10,000 grant from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy to help fund a research project into transdermal applications of naloxone, as a treatment for opioid addiction.

Naloxone is a rapid working opioid overdose reversal medication. It’s injectable, but also comes in nasal spray form. Puri, an assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, wants to find other ways it could be administered through the skin, though — ways that could make it easier to administer, eliminate any need for needles and decrease the potential necessity of multiple doses. She gained the funds through one of 16 New Investigator Awards handed out for 2020.

“This project can serve as a starting point for exploring how transdermal system can be used for delivery,” said Puri. “Which I believe, based on my experience … would be widely accepted by the public.”

Research into the subject has been limited to date, according to Puri, leaving open many possibilities. It is also a major win for Puri, who just joined the ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy last year.

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