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Laser Therapy Switches Cocaine Addiction On, Off in Rats: Study
Date:4/3/2013

ote. However, clinical trials are now being designed to test the use of TMS in people, said Bonci, who is also scientific director of the intramural research program at NIDA and an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

In the clinical trials, TMS will be used a few sessions a week to stimulate the prefrontal cortex in cocaine addicts. The researchers will see if they can restore activity to the prefrontal cortex and help reduce the addicts' desire for cocaine.

An estimated 1.4 million Americans are addicted to cocaine, which was the reason for more than 482,000 emergency department visits in 2008 and is a leading cause of heart attack and stroke among people younger than 35.

Along with the health toll, cocaine has a major impact on crime, imprisonment, treatment and prevention programs, lost job productivity and lost earnings, the researchers pointed out.

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The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about cocaine.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, April 3, 2013


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