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Health And Fitness

The Science of Addiction: Why Are Opioids So Addictive?

January 22, 2018

The opioid crisis is very real, and very deadly. And if we want to stop it, or at least reduce the damage, we need to understand how these drugs work at a biological and neural level. What Are Opioids? How do they produce the effects that they produce? Why are they so addictive? And is there anything we can do to counteract their effects? […]

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Medicine and Disease

Fentanyl and The Dangers of Synthetic Opioids

January 22, 2018

Drug overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the United States over the last few decades, creating what we now know as the opioid crisis. For example, in 1968, a little over 5,000 people died from a drug overdose in the US. In 1990, that number had grown to about 8400. But why are opioids, like fentanyl, so dangerous? […]