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UT psychology professor Ralph Lydic recently led a study about a drug used to treat opioid addiction, according to WVLT. The study examined buprenorphine, a scheduled III drug believed to have a lower abuse potential than methadone.

“The discovery of the drug’s previously unknown side effect could help clinicians improve patient care,” Lydic said.

UT researchers said the study’s findings now present a challenge for clinical providers to slash the drug cravings of addiction patients without seeing a possible spike in respiratory depression.