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An opioid is a chemical that works by binding to opioid receptors, which are found principally in the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. The receptors in these two organ systems mediate both the beneficial effects and the side effects of opioids.
Study finds more than 50% of opioid prescriptions are distributed for mental disorders

Study finds more than 50% of opioid prescriptions are distributed for mental disorders

Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow

Promises made to protect preexisting conditions prove hollow

Study finds substantial use of opioids among older rheumatoid arthritis patients

Study finds substantial use of opioids among older rheumatoid arthritis patients

Deficits in attention and executive functioning linked to frequency of alcohol, drug use

Deficits in attention and executive functioning linked to frequency of alcohol, drug use

A ‘safe’ space to shoot up: Worth a try in California?

A ‘safe’ space to shoot up: Worth a try in California?

Study highlights critical gap in addiction treatment for young people with OUD

Study highlights critical gap in addiction treatment for young people with OUD

Study shows acupuncture as viable alternative to pain-relieving drugs in emergency departments

Study shows acupuncture as viable alternative to pain-relieving drugs in emergency departments

Fatal overdose risk increases with daily opioid use among Medicaid patients, study finds

Fatal overdose risk increases with daily opioid use among Medicaid patients, study finds

Female chronic pain sufferers who catastrophize more likely to take prescribed opioids

Female chronic pain sufferers who catastrophize more likely to take prescribed opioids

People in recovery worry GOP Medicaid cuts would put treatment out of reach

People in recovery worry GOP Medicaid cuts would put treatment out of reach

Impairment of specific gene increases susceptibility to opioid addiction and binge eating, study shows

Impairment of specific gene increases susceptibility to opioid addiction and binge eating, study shows

Opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses found among all age group in urban, rural settings

Opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses found among all age group in urban, rural settings

Single bout of exercise can have significant positive behavioral and cognitive effects

Single bout of exercise can have significant positive behavioral and cognitive effects

Medical responses to opioid addiction vary by state, analysis finds

Medical responses to opioid addiction vary by state, analysis finds

New review examines link between pain and opioid abuse

New review examines link between pain and opioid abuse

Fake contaminant opioids found in prescription pills leading to fatal overdoses in Georgia

Fake contaminant opioids found in prescription pills leading to fatal overdoses in Georgia

Opana ER – a long acting opioid painkiller, to be pulled from the markets as per FDA directive

Opana ER – a long acting opioid painkiller, to be pulled from the markets as per FDA directive

Cesarean patients prescribed more opioid pain medications than needed, study shows

Cesarean patients prescribed more opioid pain medications than needed, study shows

Heroin use in the U.S. estimated to cost society more than $51 billion

Heroin use in the U.S. estimated to cost society more than $51 billion