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Julieanne
09-01-16, 06:59 AM
Georgia State University
August 22 2016

ATLANTA—Researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.

The findings, published in the Nature journal Neuropsychopharmacology in August, show for the first time that morphine tolerance is due to an inflammatory response produced in the brain. This brain inflammation is caused by the release of cytokines, chemical messengers in the body that trigger an immune response, similar to a viral infection.

Read more:http://news.gsu.edu/2016/08/22/new-drug-target-prevent-tolerance-addiction-opioids-neuroscience-study-finds/