Opioids are powerful painkillers derived from either the opium poppy or synthetic versions of it. These highly addictive substances have spurned an epidemic in the United States. Here's the latest news on the science of opioids, who they impact and possible treatments.
In a new clinical trial, short bursts of brain stimulation briefly made patients with chronic pain more susceptible to hypnosis.
Doctors have described a potential new syndrome seen in infants whose mothers used nonprescription fentanyl during pregnancy.
Redheads are said to experience pain differently than other people and require higher doses of pain medications, depending on the drug used. Why?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a naloxone nasal spray for over-the-counter use.
Opioids account for a greater proportion of fatal pediatric poisonings than they did a decade ago.
Called xylazine, the drug is a sedative used in veterinary medicine, and is not approved for use in humans.
The U.S. has also been facing another deadly, but less visible, public health crisis.
Mounting research suggests that the average person doesn't actually reach a euphoric state after taking opioids.
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