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Heroin is a very addictive chemical called diacetylmorphine. Heroin is a modified form of morphine, a highly abundant opium derived from the seedpods of the poppy plant.
Study: Pharmacies can be a significant access barrier to key medication for addiction

Study: Pharmacies can be a significant access barrier to key medication for addiction

New cocaine and oxycodone biobanks provide investigatory therapeutic targets for addiction

New cocaine and oxycodone biobanks provide investigatory therapeutic targets for addiction

Researchers harness the body's own ability to block pain

Researchers harness the body's own ability to block pain

Policies designed to prevent opioid misuse may limit access to pain-relieving drugs

Policies designed to prevent opioid misuse may limit access to pain-relieving drugs

Scientists receive NIH grant to develop an adjuvant vaccine for opioid use disorder

Scientists receive NIH grant to develop an adjuvant vaccine for opioid use disorder

Naloxone can save lives but stigma is preventing its use among newly abstinent opioid users

Naloxone can save lives but stigma is preventing its use among newly abstinent opioid users

Study highlights the importance of social connections in preventing opioid misuse

Study highlights the importance of social connections in preventing opioid misuse

Opioid use is linked with other forms of substance misuse, mental health problems

Opioid use is linked with other forms of substance misuse, mental health problems

Specific neurons release dopamine to regulate pain differently in male and female mice

Specific neurons release dopamine to regulate pain differently in male and female mice

Scientific statement defines the distinctive features of opioid-associated cardiac arrest

Scientific statement defines the distinctive features of opioid-associated cardiac arrest

Opioid supply-controlling policies may have unintended consequences, finds study

Opioid supply-controlling policies may have unintended consequences, finds study

Experimental vaccine diminishes fatal respiratory effects of synthetic opioids

Experimental vaccine diminishes fatal respiratory effects of synthetic opioids

Active cannabis dispensaries linked to reduced opioid-related mortality rates

Active cannabis dispensaries linked to reduced opioid-related mortality rates

Trial results support efficacy of incentivizing vaccine adherence

Trial results support efficacy of incentivizing vaccine adherence

Are public health ads worth the price? Not if they’re all about fear

Are public health ads worth the price? Not if they’re all about fear

San Francisco wrestles with drug approach as death and chaos engulf Tenderloin

San Francisco wrestles with drug approach as death and chaos engulf Tenderloin

Scientists develop new vaccine to counter the effects of synthetic cannabinoids

Scientists develop new vaccine to counter the effects of synthetic cannabinoids

Untangling the role of medical cannabis in surgical care

Untangling the role of medical cannabis in surgical care

New legal push aims to speed magic mushrooms to dying patients

New legal push aims to speed magic mushrooms to dying patients

Polysubstance-involved opioid overdose deaths are more common among youth, study shows

Polysubstance-involved opioid overdose deaths are more common among youth, study shows