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[NIDA] NIH study examines nicotine as a gateway drug. (03 Nov 2011)

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A landmark study in mice identifies a biological mechanism that could help explain how tobacco products could act as gateway drugs, increasing a person's future likelihood of abusing cocaine and perhaps other drugs as well, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study is the first to show that nicotine might prime the brain to enhance the behavioral effects of cocaine.


Item Type:News
Date:3 November 2011
Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > Cocaine
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)

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