What does opioid agonist mean?

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An opioid agonist is an opioid medication that turns on opioid receptors in the brain, creating analgesia/pain control euphoria and often addiction. Examples of opioid agonists are legal painkillers (oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine, codeine, etc.) as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or fentanyl.

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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