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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.
UV light has "feel-good" effects that may be similar to those of some addictive drugs

UV light has "feel-good" effects that may be similar to those of some addictive drugs

High narcotic use among headache sufferers

High narcotic use among headache sufferers

More training needed to ensure accuracy of urine drug tests

More training needed to ensure accuracy of urine drug tests

New insights into pain mechanisms

New insights into pain mechanisms

Link between eating and pain relief - brain stem blocks pain to protect key behaviors

Link between eating and pain relief - brain stem blocks pain to protect key behaviors

Fentanyl transdermal patch is an effective way to control pain in children

Fentanyl transdermal patch is an effective way to control pain in children

Studies outline dangers of mixing stress, deprivation and tempting foods

Studies outline dangers of mixing stress, deprivation and tempting foods

Evaluation of the efficacy of buprenorphine hydrochloride and clonidine hydrochloride, in detoxification of opioid-dependent teenagers

Evaluation of the efficacy of buprenorphine hydrochloride and clonidine hydrochloride, in detoxification of opioid-dependent teenagers

Possibility of tailored treatments for addiction based on how a person's genes behave

Possibility of tailored treatments for addiction based on how a person's genes behave

Brain can be tricked into thinking the pain has gone

Brain can be tricked into thinking the pain has gone

First direct evidence that endorphins play a role in the phenomenon known as the placebo effect

First direct evidence that endorphins play a role in the phenomenon known as the placebo effect

Mixing slow-release painkillers with alcohol - potentially deadly

Mixing slow-release painkillers with alcohol - potentially deadly

Prescription drug abuse in the USA exceeds 15 million

Prescription drug abuse in the USA exceeds 15 million

Combining morphine with small doses of methadone could increase the effectiveness of morphine for the treatment of chronic pain

Combining morphine with small doses of methadone could increase the effectiveness of morphine for the treatment of chronic pain

Link between the protective effect of ischemic preconditioning in skeletal muscles and the substance that triggers hibernation

Link between the protective effect of ischemic preconditioning in skeletal muscles and the substance that triggers hibernation

Narcotic medications can safely and effectively ease severe, chronic pain in older people

Narcotic medications can safely and effectively ease severe, chronic pain in older people

Narcotic medications can safely and effectively ease severe, chronic pain in older people

Narcotic medications can safely and effectively ease severe, chronic pain in older people

Use of major opioid drugs combined with a history of previous relapse increased the likelihood of another relapse

Use of major opioid drugs combined with a history of previous relapse increased the likelihood of another relapse

International expert group discusses alternatives to COX-2 inhibitors

International expert group discusses alternatives to COX-2 inhibitors

Naltrexone helps alcoholics moderate their drinking

Naltrexone helps alcoholics moderate their drinking

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