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Cocaine Article - Abraham Dweck Dr Olaoye PSYC 105 Cocaine...

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Abraham Dweck 10/25/07 Dr. Olaoye PSYC 105 Cocaine Article Summary The myth that cocaine is not physically addictive is out the door. Most scientists now believe that cocaine might be addictive even more than heroin. The reason is that it alters the brain chemistry and moods more than cocaine powder. It creates an even higher “high” and deeper “crash” that makes you want to crave more. This drug, blocks the retrieval of three neurotransmitters – dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are released from the axon terminals into the synaptic gap. There they cross the gap and carry a message to the receiving nerve. After they have finished sending their message they should return to the original nerve and “recycle” itself. But, what cocaine does is, it blocks the process of recycling and forces the neurotransmitters to keep pounding away at the new neuron. However, repeated use of this drug creates a shortage of transmitters as they body demeans them faster then it creates new ones. This causes the body to fall into
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