Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Investigate How Cocaine Addiction Works

August 18th, 2016

Dr. Sara R. Jones, the lead author of the study and professor of pharmacology and physiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, designed a study “to gain a better understanding of how tolerance to cocaine develops via the dopamine transporters.” The study demonstrates that cocaine leaves a long-lasting imprint on the dopamine system that is activated by re-exposure to cocaine. This ‘priming effect,’ which may be permanent, may contribute to the severity of relapse episodes in cocaine addicts.

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