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Even a seemingly simple behavior can tax our memories.
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Experiments with mice show how much cocaine exposure physically changes the brain.
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Humans have wrested deception from the evolutionary realm of self-preservation and imbued it with dark powers it was never intended to possess.
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The main active ingredient in marijuana alters the normal communication between cells and circuits in the brain.
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Drug abuse is one of the nation's most serious health problems. About 9 percent of Americans, more than 22 million people, abuse drugs on a regular basis. Drug abuse, including alcohol and nicotine, is estimated to cost the U.S. more than $600 billion each year.
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Psychostimulants, including cocaine and amphetamines, have become increasingly popular in the United States. In 2009 an estimated 4.8 million people age 12 and older had abused cocaine.
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Humans have used opiate drugs, such as morphine, for thousands of years, but these are often highly addictive and dangerous to one's health.
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As our understanding of the processes that underlie brain damage progresses, it becomes possible to use small-molecule drugs, such as antibiotics and anti-tumor drugs, to alter these processes.
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Most medicines today were developed using trial-and-error techniques, which often do not reveal why a drug produces a particular effect. But the expanding knowledge gained from molecular biology methods makes safer and more effective drugs possible.
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Ecstasy, herbal ecstasy, rohypnol ("roofies"), GHB (gamma hydroxy-butyrate), and ketamine are among the drugs used by some teens and young adults as part of raves and trances. Recent research, however, is uncovering the serious damage that can occur in several parts of the brain from use of some of these drugs.
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Teaching packets for teachers, aimed at secondary school students. Learn how the brain's reward center works, and what happens in the brain when a person uses cocaine, opiates (heroin), or marijuana.
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The National Institute on Drug Abuse created this website to educate 11 to 15 year-olds — as well as their parents and teachers — on the science behind drug abuse.
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