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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.
Collaborative project to address the local opioid epidemic

Collaborative project to address the local opioid epidemic

Medicinal cannabis may not alleviate sleep problems over the long term

Medicinal cannabis may not alleviate sleep problems over the long term

Media reports focus on treatments involving opioids and cannabis for chronic pain

Media reports focus on treatments involving opioids and cannabis for chronic pain

Most youths do not get timely addiction treatment after opioid overdose

Most youths do not get timely addiction treatment after opioid overdose

Sugar intake influences brain reward circuitry

Sugar intake influences brain reward circuitry

Daily chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to the challenges of relieving pain among patients

Daily chronic pain, opioid use disorder add to the challenges of relieving pain among patients

Medicaid expansion linked to reduction in opioid overdose mortality across the U.S.

Medicaid expansion linked to reduction in opioid overdose mortality across the U.S.

Family doctors in rural America tackle crisis of addiction and pain

Family doctors in rural America tackle crisis of addiction and pain

Study: Opioid addiction care is scarce in Medicaid work requirement states

Study: Opioid addiction care is scarce in Medicaid work requirement states

Opioid addiction care is harder to access in states considering Medicaid work requirements

Opioid addiction care is harder to access in states considering Medicaid work requirements

Study: Less than 2% of people at risk for opioid overdose are prescribed life-saving drug

Study: Less than 2% of people at risk for opioid overdose are prescribed life-saving drug

Changing the underlying structure and culture of a clinic to address opioid epidemic

Changing the underlying structure and culture of a clinic to address opioid epidemic

Study examines trends in drug overdose rates with and without opioids

Study examines trends in drug overdose rates with and without opioids

FDA’s risk-management program to curb improper opioid prescribing may not have been effective

FDA’s risk-management program to curb improper opioid prescribing may not have been effective

Using CRISPR to switch off pain gene becomes a possibility with new study

Using CRISPR to switch off pain gene becomes a possibility with new study

MCOD data undercounts fatal overdose deaths induced by certain drugs

MCOD data undercounts fatal overdose deaths induced by certain drugs

Physicians and the public should be aware of several risks related to cannabis edibles

Physicians and the public should be aware of several risks related to cannabis edibles

Effort to control opioids in an ER leaves some sickle cell patients in pain

Effort to control opioids in an ER leaves some sickle cell patients in pain

Proper disposal of leftover medication can help reduce antibiotic resistance

Proper disposal of leftover medication can help reduce antibiotic resistance

Closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to rise in opioid overdose deaths

Closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to rise in opioid overdose deaths