Democrats Ask Drug Policy Office to Do More to Combat Opioid Epidemic
Twenty Democratic senators are asking the Office of National Drug Control Policy to do more to combat the opioid epidemic, according to the Associated Press.
A small research study indicates that the teenagers may experience the release of the brain's pleasure-and-reward chemical dopamine more acutely than children or adults, the Australian Associated Press reported May 17.
Researchers said the findings could help explain why teens are more prone to risk-taking than people of other ages.
The study by UCLA researcher Jessica Cohen and colleagues involved 45 subject who were offered cash rewards for correctly performing a task. MRI scans showed that the dopamine-sensitive striatal area of the brains of the 14- to 19-year-olds in the study group “lit up” more strongly than those of other age groups when the reward was given.
The research was published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.