A new type of polymer film developed by researchers at the University of Akron in Ohio could have some key medical applications in the near future. This new polymer film can be implanted into patients who have had surgery on body parts including knees and hips. The polymer film has a non-opiate pain reliever, which would be absorbed by the recipient’s body over the course of several days. As for the film itself, it safely degrades inside of the body over the next few weeks, leaving no unsafe remnants. Such a film would help fight against the opioid epidemic, as the painkiller on the film would act as a substitute to a prescription of an opioid-based painkiller.
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