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What Makes Heroin So Deadly?

We’re told that heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs, but why? What makes heroin more deadly than other drugs?

Why Heroin Abuse Is On The Rise In America:

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How heroin kills you

“Using heroin can kill you, but it may not be in the way you think.”

Brain changes in an addict make it hard to resist heroin and similar drugs

“The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman this month has raised many questions about drug addiction, among them: What do drugs such as heroin do to the brain to make them so addictive? Can these chemical changes be undone?”

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

“It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments.”

Scientists discover a novel opiate addiction switch in the brain

“Neuroscientists have made a remarkable new discovery revealing the underlying molecular process by which opiate addiction develops in the brain.”

Opioid abuse initiates specific protein interactions in neurons in brain’s reward system

“Opiate use triggers changes in the protein RGS9-2 in neurons in the brain’s reward center, new research confirms.”

Chronic Heroin Self-Administration Desensitizes ? Opioid Receptor-Activated G-Proteins in Specific Regions of Rat Brain

“In previous studies from our laboratory, chronic noncontingent morphine administration decreased ? opioid receptor-activated G-proteins in specific brainstem nuclei.”

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