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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.
Never-ending costs: When resolved medical bills keep popping up

Never-ending costs: When resolved medical bills keep popping up

Wastewater-based Epidemiology technique can help move toward a healthier and more sustainable world

Wastewater-based Epidemiology technique can help move toward a healthier and more sustainable world

$11M for North Carolina work-based rehab raises concerns

$11M for North Carolina work-based rehab raises concerns

Study finds decline in routine opioid dispensing after common pediatric surgeries

Study finds decline in routine opioid dispensing after common pediatric surgeries

CBD and THC may be safe for use with opioid pain relievers, animal study suggests

CBD and THC may be safe for use with opioid pain relievers, animal study suggests

Adolescents with severe substance use disorder more likely to report prescription drug misuse in adulthood

Adolescents with severe substance use disorder more likely to report prescription drug misuse in adulthood

Adolescents with higher drug use severity do not transition out of symptomatic substance use

Adolescents with higher drug use severity do not transition out of symptomatic substance use

At a Tennessee crossroads, two pharmacies, a monkey, and millions of pills

At a Tennessee crossroads, two pharmacies, a monkey, and millions of pills

Study: More than two-thirds of the patients recover from knee replacement without opioids

Study: More than two-thirds of the patients recover from knee replacement without opioids

Local anesthetic use for hip fracture patients on the day of admission is increasing, data suggests

Local anesthetic use for hip fracture patients on the day of admission is increasing, data suggests

Burst wave lithotripsy may provide an effective alternative for noninvasive treatment of kidney stones

Burst wave lithotripsy may provide an effective alternative for noninvasive treatment of kidney stones

Most individuals treated in emergency departments for opioid use disorder do not sustain treatment

Most individuals treated in emergency departments for opioid use disorder do not sustain treatment

Money flows into addiction tech, but will it curb soaring opioid overdose deaths?

Money flows into addiction tech, but will it curb soaring opioid overdose deaths?

UNC researchers offer solution to detect, issue warnings about tainted street drugs

UNC researchers offer solution to detect, issue warnings about tainted street drugs

Patients taking prescription opioids are at higher risk of developing mood disorders

Patients taking prescription opioids are at higher risk of developing mood disorders

Youth with intentional BZD overdoses more likely to have recent doctor-written prescription

Youth with intentional BZD overdoses more likely to have recent doctor-written prescription

15 medical societies establish seven guiding principles for perioperative treatment of acute pain

15 medical societies establish seven guiding principles for perioperative treatment of acute pain

Study shows anti-itch and pain relief potential of protein in tick saliva

Study shows anti-itch and pain relief potential of protein in tick saliva

Automation linked to increasing mortality rate among America's working-age adults

Automation linked to increasing mortality rate among America's working-age adults

Calls to overhaul methadone distribution intensify, but clinics resist

Calls to overhaul methadone distribution intensify, but clinics resist