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40 kg of cocaine vs a black bear – a strange story about smuggling and unexpected overdose

October 2, 2019

For a significant portion of his life Andrew C. Thornton II was standing on the right side of…
Coca-Cola does not contain cocaine anymore, but there still is a connection to the production of the drug

March 15, 2019

Coca-Cola is one of the world‘s favourite drinks. It is also a huge success story, which took over…
Erasing Cocaine-Cue Memories Could Help Prevent Relapse

January 28, 2019

Forty to 60 percent of all people treated for substance use disorders relapse, presenting a major challenge to…
Drug overdose epidemic goes far beyond opioids, requires new policies

November 14, 2018

Most government-funded initiatives to address the overdose epidemic in the United States have targeted opioids specifically and have…
Chemical sensing chip sniffs out cocaine within minutes

May 17, 2018

What if you could test for cocaine, opioids and marijuana as quickly as a breathalyzer identifies alcohol? A…
A potential new weapon in the battle against addiction

April 30, 2018

Cocaine and other drugs of abuse hijack the natural reward circuits in the brain. In part, that’s why…
Motivation, not habit, contributes to drug addiction

November 22, 2017

For addicts to obtain drugs, such as cocaine, it often requires considerable ingenuity and flexibility—behavior that should not…
Activating brain region creates intense desire to use cocaine

August 22, 2017

Researchers have identified a portion of the brain that intensifies one’s desire for certain rewards—in this case, mimicking…
Stress flips cocaine relapse to ‘on’; research switches it back to ‘off’

April 14, 2017

A heartbreaking phenomenon of addiction is that just a brief stressful episode can trigger relapse. In a detailed…
Cocaine addiction leads to build-up of iron in brain

February 21, 2017

Cocaine addiction may affect how the body processes iron, leading to a build-up of the mineral in the…
Mouse studies offer new insights about cocaine’s effect on the brain

February 17, 2017

Cocaine is one of the most addictive substances known to man, and for good reason: By acting on…
New strategy to fight cocaine addiction

August 19, 2016

An international team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has found strong evidence supporting a…
Carrots and sticks fail to change behaviour in cocaine addiction

June 17, 2016

People who are addicted to cocaine are particularly prone to developing habits that render their behaviour resistant to…
Dopamine signaling pathway that controls cocaine reward in mice identified

February 24, 2016

Researchers have thus far been unable to define how dopamine influences cocaine reward. A recent report published in…
Cocaine addiction: Scientists discover ‘back door’ into the brain

January 12, 2016

Individuals addicted to cocaine may have difficulty in controlling their addiction because of a previously-unknown ‘back door’ into…
New insights on how cocaine changes the brain

November 28, 2015

The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of…
Brain receptor found to significantly affect cocaine addiction

June 18, 2015

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have discovered a previously unknown neural pathway that can regulate changes made…
Research Reveals Smaller Illicit Drug Supply in U.S.

March 12, 2015

After restrictions on a chemical critical to the production of cocaine, the U.S. experienced a 35 percent decrease…
Toward a cocaine vaccine to help addicts kick the habit

January 22, 2015

In their decades-long search for vaccines against drugs of abuse, scientists have hit upon a new approach to…
This is Your Brain’s Blood Vessels on Drugs

August 28, 2014

New imaging technique shows how cocaine shuts down blood flow in mouse brains A new method for measuring…
Cocaine users enjoy social interactions less

January 21, 2014

Cocaine users show low activity in the medial orbitofrontal cortex. Regular cocaine users have difficulties in feeling empathy…
Researchers identify gene involved in response to cocaine

December 21, 2013

UT Southwestern neuroscience researchers have identified a gene that controls the response to cocaine by comparing closely related strains…
Cocaine, meth response differ between two substrains of ‘Black 6’ laboratory mouse

December 20, 2013

Separated by more than six decades, the C57BL/6N substrain (left) of laboratory mouse has undergone multiple genetic changes…
Cocaine Use Leads to Rapid Growth of New Mouse Brain Structures

August 28, 2013

Scientists from Gallo Center at UCSF Identify Possible Mechanism for Drug-Seeking Behavior in Humans Mice given cocaine showed…
Cocaine’s effect on mice may explain human drug-seeking behavior

August 26, 2013

Cocaine can speedily rewire high-level brain circuits that support learning, memory and decision-making, according to new research from…
The skinny on cocaine

August 10, 2013

Chronic cocaine use may reduce the body’s ability to store fat, new research from the University of Cambridge…
Researchers identify pathway that may protect against cocaine addiction

April 16, 2013

A study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health gives insight into changes in the reward circuitry…
Resetting addicted brain: Laser light zaps away cocaine addiction

April 4, 2013

  By stimulating one part of the brain with laser light, researchers at the National Institutes of Health…
The true cost of cocaine

February 22, 2013

According to the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Australians are now the world’s eighth highest per capita…
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