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The Brain and Opiates Pg.1The Brain and OpiatesThe Biology of Opiate Addiction in the BrainTanirea JamesBaltimore City Community CollegeProfessor AgageBiology 202 Lecture202-3882November 29, 2017
The Brain and Opiates Pg.2AbstractWhen people abuse drugs they effect the reward system by over flooding the brain withdopamine which in turn creates a euphoria to reinforce usage. These are much like the feelingsthat are released when you eat if you are hungry, or drink water when you are thirsty. However,once you are a frequent drug user the only thing that keeps you happy is the continuous use ofthe drug and or other drugs that have a much stronger effect. In almost every scenario ofaddiction, abusers put themselves and loved ones in danger to make sure they have the funds tobuy more drugs.
The Brain and Opiates Pg.3The brain is the most important part of the human body, weighing in a little over threepounds and is composed of grey and white matter, it is our control center to say the least. Thebrain is always working even now while you’re just sitting here listening to me talk your brain iscontrolling your breathing, hearing, and sight simultaneously. When people use drugs over anextended period of time, the drugs start to rearrange things in the brain in a sense where insteadof thinking about being, hungry, sleepy, or anything else for that matter all you can think about isthis drug. Now there are a whole lot of drugs out there but for the purpose of this paper we aregoing to focus on opiates.Though there are many routes that opiates can be administered into the body the mostcommon way has been to the drug by mouth. If opioid’s are taken by mouth from there it travelsthrough the esophagus to the small intestines, to the liver and finally to the bloodstream. Once inthe bloodstream the arteries carry the opiate particles into the brain where those same particlesare then picked up by neurons. The neurons connect the signal to the mu (opiate) receptor,allowing the opiate particles to attach to it which causes the release of GABA (gamma

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