Researchers identify a new class of colloidal silver — and it has anti-drug effects

A team of researchers at Columbia University identified a new type of colloidal silver, a liquid metal that could be a powerful antidote to opioid overdoses.

The researchers succeeded in demonstrating for the first time that water soluble omicron possesses anti-drug activity when initially exposed to opioid drugs. Specifically, they found that omicron was effective against opioid painkillers, from morphine to codeine. They also found that further exposure to these drugs led to rapid growth of new blood vessels and proliferation of an endothelial cells that line the blood vessels. Both these processes create a “bloodless system” of protective, inflammation-fighting cells.

Previous research had shown that omicron reverses the clinical effects of common opioids like morphine, Percocet and oxycodone.

The results of this research will be published in the October issue of the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

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