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Drugs that take the brain hostage

People addicted to drugs like opioids become obsessed with using these drugs, often even to the detriment of basic physiological needs like eating enough. According to one study, this influence is caused by a hijacking of the brain’s biochemical reward system which makes the consumption of this type of drug more rewarding than that normally associated with the satisfaction of physiological needs. Download the column

3-Jun-2024 |

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