Category Archives: Substance abuse

Looking at drug use from an evolutionary perspective

Ed Hagen, Associate Professor of Anthropology For 15 years, Ed Hagen has been challenging the conventional theory that drug addiction is the consequence of a “hijacked” reward mechanism in the brain—the idea that people become addicts because taking drugs accidentally … Continue reading

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Clay Mosher – The Changing Landscape of Marijuana

The recreational use of marijuana is legal in four states, and medical marijuana is legal in 23. Now what? It will be a complicated job to establish and enforce effective, reasonable marijuana laws that the public can get behind. Drawing … Continue reading

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Renee Magnan – Is Physical Activity a Treatment for Alcohol Abuse?

As a post-doc at the University of New Mexico, Renee Magnan studied how people respond emotionally to physical activity, and how exercise might be used to help people cope with stress. Along the way, her research team uncovered a seemingly … Continue reading

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Barb Sorg – Can We Blunt Drug-Related Memories?

The circumstances that lead someone to abuse drugs may also make it harder to quit. Barb Sorg, professor of neuroscience at WSU Vancouver, hypothesizes that people develop powerful drug-related memories that are implicated in relapse when they try to quit. … Continue reading

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