10 future technologies that will change the world

9. Probuphine

This is a modern way of administering treatment through implants.

The idea is designed to help patients to beat drug addiction through the implanting of tube-like flexible implants into a patient’s upper arm.

The Probuphine capsule can be inserted in the arm.
The Probuphine capsule can be inserted in the arm.

The implants, which are the size of a matchstick, are capable of drip-feeding a drug called Buprenorphine, a semi-synthetic opioid medication that is designed to combat a dependency on opioids.

The drug is capable of fastening onto the same neural receptors that are triggered by heroin or narcotic painkiller use and they curb the patient’s desire to get high.

The implants are replaced every six months but they basically work like a microscopic IV.

By providing a convenient method of treating patients like this it means that the issue of remembering to take medicine is a thing of the past.

 

Doctors are experimenting with a treatment which could cure things like depression