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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.
COVID-19 pandemic limits access to opioid dependency treatment, increases overdose deaths

COVID-19 pandemic limits access to opioid dependency treatment, increases overdose deaths

Nearly a quarter of pediatric patients need stronger pain treatment after surgery

Nearly a quarter of pediatric patients need stronger pain treatment after surgery

Mice study points to a promising treatment for relieving colitis pain without side effects

Mice study points to a promising treatment for relieving colitis pain without side effects

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

Study: 94% of older adults prescribed fall-risk-increasing drugs

Study: 94% of older adults prescribed fall-risk-increasing drugs

Sharp declines in opioid production costs could reduce the price per dose

Sharp declines in opioid production costs could reduce the price per dose

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

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

Discovery offers a precise route to treat inflammation associated with neuropathic pain

Discovery offers a precise route to treat inflammation associated with neuropathic pain

Digital health solution helps reduce key symptoms of chronic pain

Digital health solution helps reduce key symptoms of chronic pain

Study examines the variability in opioid prescriptions for common orthopedic procedures

Study examines the variability in opioid prescriptions for common orthopedic procedures

Study indicates neural pathway that provides pain relief, reduces cravings for opioids

Study indicates neural pathway that provides pain relief, reduces cravings for opioids

Extensive use of opioid agonists can considerably reduce drug-related deaths

Extensive use of opioid agonists can considerably reduce drug-related deaths

Post-surgery opioid prescribing guideline leads to high patient satisfaction with pain management

Post-surgery opioid prescribing guideline leads to high patient satisfaction with pain management

Recommendations to help ensure access to high-quality opioid use disorder treatment

Recommendations to help ensure access to high-quality opioid use disorder treatment

Researchers study how seasons influence the brain function

Researchers study how seasons influence the brain function

Three decades-old antibiotics could offer an alternative to opioid-based painkillers

Three decades-old antibiotics could offer an alternative to opioid-based painkillers

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open enrollment, one more time

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Open enrollment, one more time