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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.
Research reveals that pain-blocking neurotransmitters offer long-term relief in mice

Research reveals that pain-blocking neurotransmitters offer long-term relief in mice

Researchers analyze the effect of dopamine on gene activity and addiction

Researchers analyze the effect of dopamine on gene activity and addiction

16 distinct cell populations identified in a key brain region for substance use disorders

16 distinct cell populations identified in a key brain region for substance use disorders

Neural circuit coordinates breathing with negative emotions, says study

Neural circuit coordinates breathing with negative emotions, says study

Delta opioid receptor agonists modulate immune responses to ameliorate colonic inflammation

Delta opioid receptor agonists modulate immune responses to ameliorate colonic inflammation

Study proposes a novel approach for developing safer analgesics

Study proposes a novel approach for developing safer analgesics

Novel peptide could allow cannabis to relieve pain while avoiding side effects

Novel peptide could allow cannabis to relieve pain while avoiding side effects

Study may lead to alternative treatment for potentially addictive opioid pain killers

Study may lead to alternative treatment for potentially addictive opioid pain killers

New method to synthesize complex bioactive molecules quickly and efficiently

New method to synthesize complex bioactive molecules quickly and efficiently

Long-term opioid use in back-pain patients leads to production of anti-opioid antibodies

Long-term opioid use in back-pain patients leads to production of anti-opioid antibodies

Children exposed to cannabis in pregnancy have greater risk of autism

Children exposed to cannabis in pregnancy have greater risk of autism

Less addictive opioid may have the ability to slow progression of osteoarthritis

Less addictive opioid may have the ability to slow progression of osteoarthritis

BU researchers develop new way to better understand human cell communication

BU researchers develop new way to better understand human cell communication

New LI383 molecule can help treat opioid-related disorders

New LI383 molecule can help treat opioid-related disorders

Making opioids safer and more effective

Making opioids safer and more effective

What If We Could Design Powerful Drugs Without Unwanted Side Effects?

What If We Could Design Powerful Drugs Without Unwanted Side Effects?

Study finds large gaps in the scientific knowledge of cannabis genome

Study finds large gaps in the scientific knowledge of cannabis genome