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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.
Accidental childhood poisonings mostly due to medicines

Accidental childhood poisonings mostly due to medicines

Adding a drug called neostigmine to epidural analgesia reduces dose needed during labor

Adding a drug called neostigmine to epidural analgesia reduces dose needed during labor

FDA approves Onsolis pain reliever for cancer patients

FDA approves Onsolis pain reliever for cancer patients

Review of addiction to prescription painkillers

Review of addiction to prescription painkillers

Double the number of Australians now being treated for heroin addiction

Double the number of Australians now being treated for heroin addiction

Study offers new insights into morphine-induced tolerance and increased pain sensitivity

Study offers new insights into morphine-induced tolerance and increased pain sensitivity

Study findings have implications for development of pain-relieving drugs

Study findings have implications for development of pain-relieving drugs

FDA acts to avoid shortage of medically necessary opioid

FDA acts to avoid shortage of medically necessary opioid

Managing pain in the ICU

Managing pain in the ICU

Opioid antagonists show potential for problematic pain

Opioid antagonists show potential for problematic pain

Collaborative care intervention helps improve management of chronic pain

Collaborative care intervention helps improve management of chronic pain

Naltrexone can reduce relapse rates among alcohol-dependence patients

Naltrexone can reduce relapse rates among alcohol-dependence patients

Low to moderate drinking releases 'feel-good' endorphins in the brain, not heavy drinking

Low to moderate drinking releases 'feel-good' endorphins in the brain, not heavy drinking

Opioid antagonists help pain management

Opioid antagonists help pain management

Ondansetron shown to be a viable treatment option for opioid addiction

Ondansetron shown to be a viable treatment option for opioid addiction

New guidelines for prescribing opioid pain drugs

New guidelines for prescribing opioid pain drugs

New guideline for prescribing opioid pain drugs published

New guideline for prescribing opioid pain drugs published

End-of-life care at hospitals varies for children with cancer

End-of-life care at hospitals varies for children with cancer

Phase III studies of EXPAREL (DepoBupivacaine) from Pacira complete enrollment

Phase III studies of EXPAREL (DepoBupivacaine) from Pacira complete enrollment

Exparel (DepoBupivacaine) shows promise in hernia repair

Exparel (DepoBupivacaine) shows promise in hernia repair

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