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In Chapter 12, "The Opium Fields," author Marc Lewis recounts one night spent in the brain chemistry-bending grip of opium addiction.

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May 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2012 issue of The Scientist.

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Dopamine: Duality of Desire

By | May 1, 2012

Being an ex-drug-addict turned neuroscientist brings a unique insight into the physiological and phenomenological realities of addiction.

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An Antidote for Cocaine Overdose?

By | April 19, 2012

A novel antibody with a powerful affinity for cocaine shows promise in reversing the deadly effects of an overdose.

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Forgetting Drug Addiction

By | April 16, 2012

Researchers weaken the memories of drug use in recovering addicts.

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LSD for Alcoholics?

By | March 12, 2012

A retrospective meta-analysis suggests that LSD may aid in treatment of alcoholism.

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Comment on New NIH Center

By | February 10, 2012

Input lines are open for the National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders.

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Reversing Cocaine’s Effects with Light

By | December 7, 2011

Researchers use optogenetics to reverse drug-induced brain and behavioral changes.

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Cigarette Smoking Leads to Coke?

By | November 4, 2011

Nicotine may alter the brain’s response to cocaine, supporting the idea that the legal drug may serve as a "gateway" to the use of illegal substances.

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Learning Addiction

By | July 13, 2011

Eleanor Simpson, a neuroscientist at Columbia University Medical Center, discusses a recent Nature paper that probes dopamine's role in helping animals make positive associations to stimuli that herald pleasurable outcomes (such as the handing out of food).

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