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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.
FDA evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children

FDA evaluating prescription opioid medications approved to treat cough in children

Dying at home in an opioid crisis: Hospices grapple with stolen meds

Dying at home in an opioid crisis: Hospices grapple with stolen meds

New vaccine could offer protection against opioid combinations

New vaccine could offer protection against opioid combinations

Medicare unveils ‘skeletal’ site for hospice comparison shopping

Medicare unveils ‘skeletal’ site for hospice comparison shopping

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

Opioid crisis strains foster care system; programs aim to keep kids with mom

Researchers discover synthetic compound effective at relieving neuropathic pain

Researchers discover synthetic compound effective at relieving neuropathic pain

Physicians trained at lowest-ranked medical schools write more opioid prescriptions, study finds

Physicians trained at lowest-ranked medical schools write more opioid prescriptions, study finds

Researchers reveal stark increase in opioid-related ICU admissions and deaths

Researchers reveal stark increase in opioid-related ICU admissions and deaths

A long and winding road: Kicking heroin in an opioid ‘treatment desert’

A long and winding road: Kicking heroin in an opioid ‘treatment desert’

Opioid crisis results in increased admissions to hospital ICUs and deaths

Opioid crisis results in increased admissions to hospital ICUs and deaths

People with opioid use disorder 50% more likely to get treatment after implementation of ACA

People with opioid use disorder 50% more likely to get treatment after implementation of ACA

Pharmaceutical companies may have strong hold on how doctors prescribe opioids, study suggests

Pharmaceutical companies may have strong hold on how doctors prescribe opioids, study suggests

Postoperative patients use fewer opioid medications than prescribed after hernia surgery

Postoperative patients use fewer opioid medications than prescribed after hernia surgery

Opioid overdose death toll continues upward trend

Opioid overdose death toll continues upward trend

Researchers receive $3.8 million NIH grant to study medical marijuana's impact on opioid use for pain

Researchers receive $3.8 million NIH grant to study medical marijuana's impact on opioid use for pain

Discovery of new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope for new treatments

Discovery of new biological pathway involved in pain processing offers hope for new treatments

Study develops correction methods to provide more accurate estimates of opioid, heroin deaths

Study develops correction methods to provide more accurate estimates of opioid, heroin deaths

Opioid prescription use found to be more common among cancer survivors

Opioid prescription use found to be more common among cancer survivors

Researchers reveal prevalence of unused prescription opioids following surgery

Researchers reveal prevalence of unused prescription opioids following surgery

Survey explores how Ohio's ED administrators perceive role of state opioid prescribing guidelines

Survey explores how Ohio's ED administrators perceive role of state opioid prescribing guidelines