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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.
Rapid, highly accurate drug detection vital to reducing the adverse impacts of addiction

Rapid, highly accurate drug detection vital to reducing the adverse impacts of addiction

Chatbot helped improve the health of patients whose joint replacement surgeries got delayed by COVID-19

Chatbot helped improve the health of patients whose joint replacement surgeries got delayed by COVID-19

Study finds an exponential increase in older adult opioid overdose death rates

Study finds an exponential increase in older adult opioid overdose death rates

Some heart surgery patients may be able to control postoperative pain without opioids

Some heart surgery patients may be able to control postoperative pain without opioids

Study highlights opioid use disorder treatment access disparities based on Medicaid prevalence

Study highlights opioid use disorder treatment access disparities based on Medicaid prevalence

Prescription drug misuse later in life linked to increased odds of substance use disorder

Prescription drug misuse later in life linked to increased odds of substance use disorder

Volume of prescribing opioids declined, but the cut was not uniform across geographic areas

Volume of prescribing opioids declined, but the cut was not uniform across geographic areas

AAN issues new guideline on oral and topical treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy

AAN issues new guideline on oral and topical treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy

Dreaded microbe can silence multiple types of pain, study suggests

Dreaded microbe can silence multiple types of pain, study suggests

Survey shows significant decrease in percentage of adolescents reporting substance use in 2021

Survey shows significant decrease in percentage of adolescents reporting substance use in 2021

Largest declines in adolescent use of illicit drugs reported in 2021

Largest declines in adolescent use of illicit drugs reported in 2021

Adverse childhood experiences increase young adults' risk of opioid misuse

Adverse childhood experiences increase young adults' risk of opioid misuse

Older people taking anxiety drugs and antidepressants more likely to suffer postoperative delirium

Older people taking anxiety drugs and antidepressants more likely to suffer postoperative delirium

New approaches needed to address the U.S. opioid epidemic

New approaches needed to address the U.S. opioid epidemic

Study reveals link between recent cannabis use and extremes of nightly sleep duration

Study reveals link between recent cannabis use and extremes of nightly sleep duration

Novel monoclonal antibody could help revolutionize treatment of children with high-risk neuroblastoma

Novel monoclonal antibody could help revolutionize treatment of children with high-risk neuroblastoma

Persistent opioid use among 12% of patients after cardiac implantable electronic device procedures

Persistent opioid use among 12% of patients after cardiac implantable electronic device procedures

UW researchers develop a wearable device to detect and reverse opioid overdose

UW researchers develop a wearable device to detect and reverse opioid overdose

Study: Patients meeting a particular criteria need invasive procedures to treat chronic neck pain

Study: Patients meeting a particular criteria need invasive procedures to treat chronic neck pain

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Why health care is so expensive, chapter $22K

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Why health care is so expensive, chapter $22K