Addiction is all about the dopamine

From heroin and cocaine to sex and lies, Tetris and the ponies, the spectrum of human addictions is vast. But for Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the neuroscientist in charge of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they all boil down to pretty much the same thing.   Profiles in...

Why Doctors Abuse Prescription Drugs

Doctors who abuse prescription drugs often do so for “self-medication” — whether for physical or emotional pain or stress relief, reports a study in the October¬†Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction...

What is OxyContin?

It was yet another pharmacy robbery in the small town of Sanford, Maine, where a woman claiming to have a gun said she would shoot if she didn’t get the prescription painkiller OxyContin.   It was also a picture of how Maine is now on the front lines of a...