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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.
‘Social prescribing’ may help lonely older adults to avoid harmful sedatives and painkillers

‘Social prescribing’ may help lonely older adults to avoid harmful sedatives and painkillers

As holdout Missouri joins nation in monitoring opioid prescriptions, experts worry

As holdout Missouri joins nation in monitoring opioid prescriptions, experts worry

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta changes the covid conversation

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Delta changes the covid conversation

Taking "z-drugs" with opioids increases risk of death

Taking "z-drugs" with opioids increases risk of death

Novel two-component intervention may help prevent unintended pregnancy among women using opioids

Novel two-component intervention may help prevent unintended pregnancy among women using opioids

How ERs fail patients with addiction: One patient’s tragic death

How ERs fail patients with addiction: One patient’s tragic death

Research finds Cannabis terpenes as a promising new target for pain therapies

Research finds Cannabis terpenes as a promising new target for pain therapies

Study highlights burden of methamphetamine-associated heart failure hospitalizations in California

Study highlights burden of methamphetamine-associated heart failure hospitalizations in California

Canadians with a history of drug dependence more likely to have mental illness, finds study

Canadians with a history of drug dependence more likely to have mental illness, finds study

Study: Opioid prescribing preferences, practices among surgical residents and faculty differ

Study: Opioid prescribing preferences, practices among surgical residents and faculty differ

California lawmakers push feds to allow a therapy that pays meth users to abstain

California lawmakers push feds to allow a therapy that pays meth users to abstain

Sunflower peptide identified as a potential drug for treating abdominal pain

Sunflower peptide identified as a potential drug for treating abdominal pain

Many people with fibromyalgia substitute CBD for opioids and pain medications, finds study

Many people with fibromyalgia substitute CBD for opioids and pain medications, finds study

Dentists need to be aware of medication history even in younger patients, study suggests

Dentists need to be aware of medication history even in younger patients, study suggests

People with a history of childhood trauma get a more pleasurable 'high' from morphine

People with a history of childhood trauma get a more pleasurable 'high' from morphine

Recommended treatments can benefit people with lower back pain

Recommended treatments can benefit people with lower back pain

AMP’s new consensus can promote standardization of PGx gene/allele testing, improve patient care

AMP’s new consensus can promote standardization of PGx gene/allele testing, improve patient care

Surgeons can avoid postoperative opioid prescriptions, studies suggest

Surgeons can avoid postoperative opioid prescriptions, studies suggest

New open-source tool designed to predict drug overdose mortality in the U.S.

New open-source tool designed to predict drug overdose mortality in the U.S.

Clinical trial investigates effectiveness of delivering HIV, substance use care through mobile clinics

Clinical trial investigates effectiveness of delivering HIV, substance use care through mobile clinics