Conus_californicusUnderlying the U.S. opioid-addiction crisis is widespread chronic pain, writes Catherine Arnold—and we have few treatment options. In a piece that won a 2018 gold Hermes Creative Award, Catherine tells of a University of Utah Health research team that has a $10 million Department of Defense grant to identify natural pain-reducing agents. Catherine finds that Caribbean cone snails make a promising candidate. Follow @treeswhales. image: NOAA