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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.
Many people consider alcohol to be more harmful than marijuana, study finds

Many people consider alcohol to be more harmful than marijuana, study finds

Depression treatment helps non-cancer pain patients to stop taking opioids

Depression treatment helps non-cancer pain patients to stop taking opioids

Early access to palliative care may result in better quality of life for advanced cancer patients

Early access to palliative care may result in better quality of life for advanced cancer patients

Fentanyl may put users at risk of amnesia, WVU report reveals

Fentanyl may put users at risk of amnesia, WVU report reveals

1 in 7 patients at risk for persistent opioid use after lung surgery

1 in 7 patients at risk for persistent opioid use after lung surgery

Analysis reveals drop in long-term opioid use among military veterans

Analysis reveals drop in long-term opioid use among military veterans

Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

Death in the family: An uncle’s overdose spurs Medicaid official to change course

Research highlights benefits from enhanced recovery after surgery program

Research highlights benefits from enhanced recovery after surgery program

Managing tobacco smoking leads to reductions in opioid use, study shows

Managing tobacco smoking leads to reductions in opioid use, study shows

Infants born in withdrawal due to opioid exposure in utero show abnormalities

Infants born in withdrawal due to opioid exposure in utero show abnormalities

Rise in infants with physical abnormalities is linked to opioid exposure during pregnancy, finds study

Rise in infants with physical abnormalities is linked to opioid exposure during pregnancy, finds study

Efforts to reverse opioid epidemic remain beset by stigma

Efforts to reverse opioid epidemic remain beset by stigma

An opioid remedy that works: Treat pain and addiction at the same time

An opioid remedy that works: Treat pain and addiction at the same time

Drug overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some Western states

Drug overdose deaths soar nationally but plateau in some Western states

Reverberations from war complicate Vietnam veterans’ end-of-life care

Reverberations from war complicate Vietnam veterans’ end-of-life care

Pharmacists slow to dispense lifesaving overdose drug

Pharmacists slow to dispense lifesaving overdose drug

Suicidal ideations, attempts linked to opioid use and pain sensitivity in elderly

Suicidal ideations, attempts linked to opioid use and pain sensitivity in elderly

UTA researchers analyze challenges in pain management for the elderly

UTA researchers analyze challenges in pain management for the elderly

Research finds rise in number of New Hampshire infants diagnosed with NAS

Research finds rise in number of New Hampshire infants diagnosed with NAS

Researchers explore patient-doctor conversations, best practices linked to opioid tapering

Researchers explore patient-doctor conversations, best practices linked to opioid tapering