Drug Use: How Does it Become an Addiction?
Using mice, scientists have discovered new information about the brain and its response to drug addictions. This is really interesting because they showed that as the brain gets addicted to a drug, activity in the brain changes from one area to another. This suggests that as someone uses drugs over an extended period of time, the brain creates a backdoor or a shortcut that causes the behavior to become an addiction. The scientists also found that a drug called N-acetylcysteine was helpful in treating drug addiction and preventing relapse. This research benefits soldiers by addressing the growing problem of drug addictions that can happen to soldiers after they experience a serious or catastrophic injury. While the pain medications are often necessary to take for an extended period of time, they can quickly become addictive. It’s completely unjust for a soldier who has sacrificed almost everything for their country, to wind up with a drug addiction on top of their injuries. Research like this will help to prevent that.
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