An opioid is any psychoactive chemical that resembles morphine or other opiates in its pharmacological effects. Opioids work by binding to opioid receptors, which are found principally in the central and peripheral nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. The receptors in these organ systems mediate both the beneficial effects and the side effects of opioids.Although the term opiate is often used as a synonym for opioid, the term opiate is properly limited to the natural alkaloids found in the resin of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), while opioid refers to both opiates and synthetic substances, as well as to opioid peptides.
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  • Are New Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Working? Not Yet. . .

    … The FDA and drug makers have worked to make painkillers resistant to abuse, most notably, OxyContin. In 2010, the manufacturer, Purdue Pharma added features to the drug to make it hard for the pills to be altered and used by addicts. OxyContin is one of the more prominent painkillers linked to the rising rates of opioid abuse in recent years…

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