opioid

adjective
opi·oid | \ˈō-pē-ˌȯid \

Definition of opioid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possessing some properties characteristic of opiate narcotics but not derived from opium

2 : of, involving, or induced by an opioid

opioid

noun

Definition of opioid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any of a group of endogenous neural polypeptides (such as an endorphin or enkephalin) that bind especially to opiate receptors and mimic some of the pharmacological properties of opiates

called also opioid peptide

2 : a synthetic drug possessing narcotic properties similar to opiates but not derived from opium broadly : opiate sense 1a

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That's amid tough state laws on prescriptions that went into effect last week and after inaccurate methods led federal analysts to vastly overestimate the number of Americans who died of prescription opioid overdoses. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Monday," 9 July 2018 During that time, more than 1,700 West Virginians died from opioid overdoses. Geoff Mulvihill, The Seattle Times, "News organizations push for opioid data to be made public," 9 July 2018 More than 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Feds charge 600 in opioid fraud that bilked $2B from government and insurers," 28 June 2018 In fact, in a single year, more than 40,000 individuals died due to opioid drug overdoses. Garth Graham, Fortune, "Aetna Foundation President: Here’s What It Will Take to Solve the Opioid Crisis," 28 June 2018 But a review by researchers showed that an additional 216 people likely died from unintentional opioid overdoses. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan undercounted opioid overdose deaths in 2015, study suggests," 28 June 2018 At least 55 people died from opioid overdoses in Volusia County last year, Chitwood said. Maria Elena Vizcaino, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A Volusia County drug dealer indicted for murder, sheriff says," 25 June 2018 According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 115 people die after opioid overdoses daily. Leah Brennan, baltimoresun.com, "Following controversial tree-painting at Baltimore County park, environmental commission seeks code revisions," 20 June 2018 Thirty-seven San Mateo County residents died from heroin and other opioid overdoses in 2017, according to data compiled by state health officials. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "San Mateo County to sue drug distributors over opioid crisis," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People addicted to opioids sometimes get the drugs from the medicine cabinets of families and friends without them knowing. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "CVS to place opioid disposal containers in its stores," 12 July 2018 Cook County’s program reaches only about 1 in 10 detainees who enter the jail addicted to opioids. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "Giving addicted inmates opioid meds behind bars can reduce overdose deaths. Why don't more jails use them?," 6 July 2018 Researchers believe at least 70,000 overdose deaths recorded across the U.S. over the span of roughly 16 years were related to opioids. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "70,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in US unaccounted for since 1999, study says," 28 June 2018 The clinic cares for infants and babies exposed to opioids during pregnancy. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Enquirer uses Pulitzer Prize money to open memorial fund for Stephanie Gaffney's baby," 26 June 2018 Many hope that marijuana can help with managing stress from war trauma and other problems, functioning as an alternative to opioids, Sullivan said. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan bill would support medical research into pot for veterans," 16 May 2018 Fentanyl, one of the deadliest synthetic opioids, is up to 50 times more potent than heroin and can be 100 times more potent than morphine. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018 Estimates are that 92 million Americans are using prescription opioids, with about 12 million dependent on the drugs. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville company wins FDA approval to produce opioid withdrawal drug," 30 May 2018 If found to be habitually using opioids, they are offered treatment in the form of low doses of methadone or buprenorphine, weak opioid substitutes that help users to taper off the stronger stuff. The Economist, "Welsh prisons are much harsher than England’s on opioid treatment," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of opioid

Adjective

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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opioid

adjective
opi·oid | \ˈō-pē-ˌȯid\

Medical Definition of opioid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : possessing some properties characteristic of opiate narcotics but not derived from opium

2 : of, involving, or induced by an opioid

opioid

noun

Medical Definition of opioid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any of a group of endogenous neural polypeptides (as an endorphin or enkephalin) that bind especially to opiate receptors and mimic some of the pharmacological properties of opiates

called also opioid peptide

2a : a synthetic drug (as methadone) possessing narcotic properties similar to opiates but not derived from opium

b : opiate sense 1 not used technically

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