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How do opioids work?

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Opioids are narcotics, drugs that numb pain. They work by attaching to a part of cells called receptors found in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. Opioids lower the number of pain messages relayed to the brain, which eases the pain sensations.

From: What Are Opioids? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment: “Opiates/Opioids.”

American Chronic Pain Association: “Prescription Medications for Chronic Pain,” “Opioids.”

MedlinePlus: “Opioids and Chronic Pain.”

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “What Are Opioids?” "Opioid Overdose Crisis."

ACPA Resource Guide To Chronic Pain Medication & Treatment 2015 Edition , American Chronic Pain Association, 2015.

National Institutes of Health: “Complete biosynthesis of opioids in yeast.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Pain Reliever Abuse.”  

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 30, 2019

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