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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.
CU Denver professor receives funding to study opioid addiction treatment for chronic pain sufferers

CU Denver professor receives funding to study opioid addiction treatment for chronic pain sufferers

Black market for suboxone gives some a glimpse of recovery

Black market for suboxone gives some a glimpse of recovery

CoreChoice and MINES partner to form PPO network to combat opioid and substance use

CoreChoice and MINES partner to form PPO network to combat opioid and substance use

Health insurers have inconsistent policy terms for non-drug pain treatments, study finds

Health insurers have inconsistent policy terms for non-drug pain treatments, study finds

Congress targets misuse of hospice drugs

Congress targets misuse of hospice drugs

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Some things old, some things new

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Some things old, some things new

Study points out strong link between opioid overdoses and depression

Study points out strong link between opioid overdoses and depression

Poor self-esteem associated with increased risk for opioid use

Poor self-esteem associated with increased risk for opioid use

VA adding opioid antidote to defibrillator cabinets for quicker overdose response

VA adding opioid antidote to defibrillator cabinets for quicker overdose response

Medicaid expansions unlikely to have contributed to rise in drug overdose deaths

Medicaid expansions unlikely to have contributed to rise in drug overdose deaths

Workers overdose on the job, and employers struggle to respond

Workers overdose on the job, and employers struggle to respond

Buried in Congress’ opioid bill is protection for personal drug imports

Buried in Congress’ opioid bill is protection for personal drug imports

Scientists develop new protocol for measuring background levels of drugs in forensic labs

Scientists develop new protocol for measuring background levels of drugs in forensic labs

New science-based curriculum released to teach adolescents about opioid risks

New science-based curriculum released to teach adolescents about opioid risks

Common painkiller not effective in controlling chronic pain after traumatic nerve injury

Common painkiller not effective in controlling chronic pain after traumatic nerve injury

Lung cancer patients treated with invasive surgery more likely to become chronic opioid users

Lung cancer patients treated with invasive surgery more likely to become chronic opioid users

Enrollment in opioid controlled substance agreement reduces primary care visits

Enrollment in opioid controlled substance agreement reduces primary care visits

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Health on the hill

Podcast: KHN’s ‘What the Health?’ Health on the hill

Effective management of neonatal abstinence syndrome requires coordinated ‘cascade of care’

Effective management of neonatal abstinence syndrome requires coordinated ‘cascade of care’

FDA takes new steps to address opioid crisis by approving Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy

FDA takes new steps to address opioid crisis by approving Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy