Drugs and the Brain: Part 1. A Brief Introduction to Neurons and the Brain

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Listening to the news, reading the newspapers, or talking to friends, we hear about drugs almost daily. This discussion will include some of the recent data about how the drugs that change the way we feel affect the brain. We will talk about why some drugs are so addictive relative to other drugs, why adolescence is such a vulnerable time for drug use and some novel approaches and medications that may have real potential for treating drug addiction and other brain disorders.

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This was part of the College of Arts & Sciences "What's New in Science" series in 2012.