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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.
Studies shed light on the link between obesity and use of prescription opioids

Studies shed light on the link between obesity and use of prescription opioids

Standardized screening for early identification of delirium improves quality of care

Standardized screening for early identification of delirium improves quality of care

What are the challenges facing palliative care during COVID-19?

What are the challenges facing palliative care during COVID-19?

California’s new attack on opioid addiction hits old roadblocks

California’s new attack on opioid addiction hits old roadblocks

Study provides insights into pain signaling mechanism in the brain

Study provides insights into pain signaling mechanism in the brain

Addiction is ‘a disease of isolation’ — so pandemic puts recovery at risk

Addiction is ‘a disease of isolation’ — so pandemic puts recovery at risk

New molecular probes to study the behavior of opioid receptors

New molecular probes to study the behavior of opioid receptors

UC researchers identify populations most at risk of overdosing on opiates

UC researchers identify populations most at risk of overdosing on opiates

UCLA researcher awarded NIH grant to study pain-relieving effects of cannabis chemicals

UCLA researcher awarded NIH grant to study pain-relieving effects of cannabis chemicals

Researchers discover a new mechanism of long-lasting pain relief

Researchers discover a new mechanism of long-lasting pain relief

Are opioids necessary after tooth extraction?

Are opioids necessary after tooth extraction?

Patients prescribed opioids after dental extraction report higher levels of pain

Patients prescribed opioids after dental extraction report higher levels of pain

The startling inequality gap that emerges after age 65

The startling inequality gap that emerges after age 65

How effective is Gabapentin in alcohol use disorder?

How effective is Gabapentin in alcohol use disorder?

Knowing opioid use following cesarean delivery can inform individualized prescriptions

Knowing opioid use following cesarean delivery can inform individualized prescriptions

New route for total synthesis of tetrodotoxin

New route for total synthesis of tetrodotoxin

Researchers identify mechanism that explains why women experience more pain than men

Researchers identify mechanism that explains why women experience more pain than men

New step towards the development of non-addictive painkillers

New step towards the development of non-addictive painkillers

New multipronged program helps surgeons reduce opioid prescriptions by two-thirds

New multipronged program helps surgeons reduce opioid prescriptions by two-thirds

Average age of first drug use among teens is rising, study shows

Average age of first drug use among teens is rising, study shows