Drug Addiction: Is Brain Stimulation The Answer?

Drug Addiction: Is Brain Stimulation The Answer?

Transcranial magnetic brain stimulation has allowed researchers to reduce how "excited" the brains of chronic cocaine and alcohol users become in response to drug cues. Drug addiction is a chronic disease affecting 5.4 percent of the population worldwide. In 2016, more than 64,000 people in the United States are thought to have died from a drug overdose. According to most recent estimates, about 21.5 million U.S. individuals aged 12 and above live with a substance abuse disorder. While the exact causes of drug addiction are unknown and researchers do not yet fully understand what causes someone to become addicted to a...

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