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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.
University of Pennsylvania expert investigates novel treatment for cocaine addiction

University of Pennsylvania expert investigates novel treatment for cocaine addiction

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ What next for the VA?

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ What next for the VA?

ASA survey: Drug shortages impact care for patients undergoing anesthesia

ASA survey: Drug shortages impact care for patients undergoing anesthesia

Special recovery program for thoracic surgery patients decreases healthcare costs and opioid use

Special recovery program for thoracic surgery patients decreases healthcare costs and opioid use

MGH researchers identify risk factors for drug overdose in youth with substance use disorders

MGH researchers identify risk factors for drug overdose in youth with substance use disorders

New compound could offer pain-relieving properties without risk of addiction

New compound could offer pain-relieving properties without risk of addiction

Studies offer leads for new approaches to treat neurological problems

Studies offer leads for new approaches to treat neurological problems

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Nothing in health care ever goes away

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Nothing in health care ever goes away

Opioid pain medications may not be safe for hemodialysis patients

Opioid pain medications may not be safe for hemodialysis patients

New automated text messaging service may help combat opioid epidemic

New automated text messaging service may help combat opioid epidemic

Improving job prospects unlikely to control opioid epidemic

Improving job prospects unlikely to control opioid epidemic

NSAIDs alone or with acetaminophen better than opioids at easing dental pain

NSAIDs alone or with acetaminophen better than opioids at easing dental pain

Targeting opioid receptor offers relief for chronic itching

Targeting opioid receptor offers relief for chronic itching

Post-surgical opioids can prolong pain for more than three weeks, study shows

Post-surgical opioids can prolong pain for more than three weeks, study shows

Safety violations compound pain of painkiller shortages

Safety violations compound pain of painkiller shortages

Scientists developing new vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids

Scientists developing new vaccines against heroin and prescription opioids

New OIC study may help reduce overuse of opioids by adolescents

New OIC study may help reduce overuse of opioids by adolescents

To treat pain, PTSD and other ills, Tennessee vets try tai chi

To treat pain, PTSD and other ills, Tennessee vets try tai chi

Staying alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

Staying alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

New review explores potentially safer therapies for treating chronic abdominal pain

New review explores potentially safer therapies for treating chronic abdominal pain