Opioids and the brain - Opioid addiction, part 3
This two-page handout with accompanying video and audio recording educates people about how opioids affect the brain. It explains that opioids can change areas of the brain involved in pain and pleasure, as well as important functions such as blood pressure, arousal, and breathing, which can lead to compulsive drug abuse and addiction. The document identifies areas of the brain affected by drug use, and discusses how drugs work in the brain, how drugs such as opioids affect levels of dopamine in the brain's reward system, and how drug misuse reduces the brain's response to dopamine. Contact information for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline is provided.
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