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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.
Study shows spillover effect of evidence-based opioid prescribing for major procedures

Study shows spillover effect of evidence-based opioid prescribing for major procedures

Preoperative opioid consumption is strongest risk factor for prolonged opioid use, shows study

Preoperative opioid consumption is strongest risk factor for prolonged opioid use, shows study

New opioid prescription control framework is a 'funhouse mirror image' of prior monopoly

New opioid prescription control framework is a 'funhouse mirror image' of prior monopoly

Common opioid-based painkillers increase harmful side effects in people with dementia

Common opioid-based painkillers increase harmful side effects in people with dementia

Researchers study efficacy and safety of new treatment for OUD

Researchers study efficacy and safety of new treatment for OUD

UK health communication researcher seeks solutions for disposing leftover medicine

UK health communication researcher seeks solutions for disposing leftover medicine

Phase 3 study of tanezumab in patients with osteoarthritis pain meets all three co-primary endpoints

Phase 3 study of tanezumab in patients with osteoarthritis pain meets all three co-primary endpoints

Prolonged preoperative opioid use linked to adverse outcomes after total knee and hip arthroplasty

Prolonged preoperative opioid use linked to adverse outcomes after total knee and hip arthroplasty

Low-dose ketamine found to be as effective as opioids for treating acute pain

Low-dose ketamine found to be as effective as opioids for treating acute pain

New non-invasive procedure to reposition kidney stones could benefit astronauts

New non-invasive procedure to reposition kidney stones could benefit astronauts

High opioid doses, concurrent sedative use are key factors for overdose risk in Medicaid recipients

High opioid doses, concurrent sedative use are key factors for overdose risk in Medicaid recipients

Insurers fall short in catching and reporting Medicaid fraud, inspectors find

Insurers fall short in catching and reporting Medicaid fraud, inspectors find

What a U.S.-China trade war could mean for the opioid epidemic

What a U.S.-China trade war could mean for the opioid epidemic

Tennessee-based pain management group to close clinics amid financial turmoil

Tennessee-based pain management group to close clinics amid financial turmoil

URI researchers working to develop novel medication to treat alcohol use disorder

URI researchers working to develop novel medication to treat alcohol use disorder

Illicit drug supply at record heights

Illicit drug supply at record heights

Pain rehabilitation programs are effective alternative to opioids for managing chronic pain

Pain rehabilitation programs are effective alternative to opioids for managing chronic pain

Drug used to treat opioid dependence poses serious health risks in exposed children

Drug used to treat opioid dependence poses serious health risks in exposed children

Overdose risk increases five-fold with concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use

Overdose risk increases five-fold with concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use

Study highlights inadequate effort of health care insurers to combat opioid epidemic

Study highlights inadequate effort of health care insurers to combat opioid epidemic