This second article explores some pharmacological aspects of drug addiction. By considering relevant neurochemistry and neurophysiology, it addresses the issues of why some drugs are more prone to induce addiction than others, and how addiction can be combated.
The article is a specially commissioned commentary from a tutor on the SD805 course who is an expert in the area of neuropharmacology. The commentary refers to eight key papers (some of which you will have direct access). It also identifies some others that will let you probe specific topics in additional detail. You are advised to read through the commentary completely before turning to the reference papers cited, because the text includes material that will make some of the papers easier to follow.
Now read Addiction Article 2 by Heading, C. (2005) Addiction Potential of Medicinal Drugs. OU Commissioned Commentary.
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