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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 quantifies links between alcohol, drug use and violent deaths

Study quantifies links between alcohol, drug use and violent deaths

VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse

VCU researchers test vaccine against opioid abuse

Heroin-assisted treatment can offer benefits, reduce harms

Heroin-assisted treatment can offer benefits, reduce harms

Telemedicine for treating substance use disorders remains underused, study shows

Telemedicine for treating substance use disorders remains underused, study shows

Study investigates influence of different opioids on driving performance

Study investigates influence of different opioids on driving performance

New gene therapy treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia reverses symptoms in adults

New gene therapy treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia reverses symptoms in adults

Cannabis prescribed medicinally to the first patient in UK

Cannabis prescribed medicinally to the first patient in UK

First-of-its-kind undertaking to study genetic, biological factors that contribute to development of opioid use disorder

First-of-its-kind undertaking to study genetic, biological factors that contribute to development of opioid use disorder

Study examines trends in opioids prescribed for children and adolescents

Study examines trends in opioids prescribed for children and adolescents

Johns Hopkins researchers report challenges in treating severe crisis pain of sickle cell disease

Johns Hopkins researchers report challenges in treating severe crisis pain of sickle cell disease

Recently diagnosed cancer patients more likely to drink alcohol and use tobacco, finds study

Recently diagnosed cancer patients more likely to drink alcohol and use tobacco, finds study

People with Alzheimer’s disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip fracture

People with Alzheimer’s disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip fracture

Survey: Misconceptions about opioid use undermine pain control among Asian cancer patients

Survey: Misconceptions about opioid use undermine pain control among Asian cancer patients

Concomitant use of sleeping pills and opioids found to prevalent among people with Alzheimer’s disease

Concomitant use of sleeping pills and opioids found to prevalent among people with Alzheimer’s disease

Individuals identified as lesbian, gay more likely to misuse opioids than heterosexual

Individuals identified as lesbian, gay more likely to misuse opioids than heterosexual

Brigham investigators examine opioid use among Massachusetts adolescents, prescription trends

Brigham investigators examine opioid use among Massachusetts adolescents, prescription trends

Targeting one brain region with alternating current could decrease symptoms of chronic pain

Targeting one brain region with alternating current could decrease symptoms of chronic pain

Study: Impact of opioid epidemic on children differs by state

Study: Impact of opioid epidemic on children differs by state

Study finds rapid increase in overdose deaths involving amphetamines and methamphetamines

Study finds rapid increase in overdose deaths involving amphetamines and methamphetamines

Researchers develop electroencephalography-based test to objectively measure pain

Researchers develop electroencephalography-based test to objectively measure pain