This week in ceramic news, researchers in Stoke-on-Trent have developed a ceramic pill that may help combat prescription drug addiction. Lucideon is a ceramics company that is developing ceramic medication pills that may deter opiate addicts.
“Ceramics can be very porous,” said Tony Kinsella, CEO. “We put the drug into the pores of the ceramic, which means it can’t dissolve in whisky. It will only come out when the material hits the stomach.”
The ceramic pill also cannot be heated to obtain the drug. Applying enough heat to break down the ceramic also destroys the opiate. These pills can also be used to manufacture slow-release drugs, which may reduce a patient’s ration to one pill a week.
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