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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.
Research findings offer potential explanation for opioid-induced itching

Research findings offer potential explanation for opioid-induced itching

Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs can effectively treat diabetic nerve pain, research finds

Antidepressants and anti-seizure drugs can effectively treat diabetic nerve pain, research finds

Medications that increase effect of natural brain opioids may be better way to reduce anxiety

Medications that increase effect of natural brain opioids may be better way to reduce anxiety

ACA adopts clinical practice guidelines for treatment of low back pain

ACA adopts clinical practice guidelines for treatment of low back pain

New recommendations aim to guide doctors and patients about testing, treatment options

New recommendations aim to guide doctors and patients about testing, treatment options

Poison control centers receive one call every 45 minutes about pediatric exposure to opioids

Poison control centers receive one call every 45 minutes about pediatric exposure to opioids

Drug or alcohol problems among veterans may increase risk of suicide, study finds

Drug or alcohol problems among veterans may increase risk of suicide, study finds

Researchers uncover link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse

Researchers uncover link between adult opioid misuse and childhood emotional abuse

Preoperative opioid use may lead to complications, readmissions and high costs post surgery

Preoperative opioid use may lead to complications, readmissions and high costs post surgery

CRNAs urge patients to learn about risks, benefits of pain relief treatments

CRNAs urge patients to learn about risks, benefits of pain relief treatments

CAMH study measures impact of hospital-wide tobacco-free policy on attitudes and adverse events

CAMH study measures impact of hospital-wide tobacco-free policy on attitudes and adverse events

Researchers discover new way to develop painkillers without harmful side effects

Researchers discover new way to develop painkillers without harmful side effects

High level use of opioids may affect survival of liver transplant recipients, study finds

High level use of opioids may affect survival of liver transplant recipients, study finds

Novel non-pharmacological approach shows promise to manage chronic pain

Novel non-pharmacological approach shows promise to manage chronic pain

New anti-cocaine monoclonal antibody moves forward towards clinical studies in humans

New anti-cocaine monoclonal antibody moves forward towards clinical studies in humans

Compound from snail's venom may offer alternative to opioids for pain relief

Compound from snail's venom may offer alternative to opioids for pain relief

Study shines light on pervasiveness of unsafely stored opioids in homes with children

Study shines light on pervasiveness of unsafely stored opioids in homes with children

New research reveals brain chemistry involved in human bonding

New research reveals brain chemistry involved in human bonding

Study finds sharp rise in number of older Americans taking multiple brain-affecting drugs

Study finds sharp rise in number of older Americans taking multiple brain-affecting drugs

ACA urges patients to try non-drug approaches for back pain relief before taking NSAIDs

ACA urges patients to try non-drug approaches for back pain relief before taking NSAIDs