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Pointing the finger at drug dealers

Technology can detect the presence of a range of illegal and designer drugs from a single fingerprint



Sudden death in cocaine abusers

Forensic pathologists have shown that over three per cent of all sudden deaths in south-west Spain are related to the use of cocaine.



A new ally in the battle against cocaine addiction

Cocaine esterase is a naturally-occurring bacterial enzyme that breaks down cocaine, thereby reducing its addictive properties.



Changes in brain mechanisms for cocaine addicts

Researchers are utilising computational models to study how the brain's chemicals and synaptic mechanisms, or connections between neurons, react to cocaine addiction and what this could mean for future therapies.



Cocaine perception in brain

Recent research not only demonstrates a link between cocaine and the reward circuits in the brain but also associates the susceptibility to addiction with these mechanisms.



New way to fight cocaine addiction

Researchers have discovered that blocking a hormone related to hunger regulation can limit cocaine cravings.



Cocaine damages foetal brains

Scientist Live spoke with Dr. Chun-Ting Lee about his research into the mechanism of how cocaine damage to foetal brains occurs.



Monkeys choose cocaine

Having a lower social standing increases the likelihood that a monkey faced with a stressful situation will choose cocaine over food, according to a recent study.



Treating cocaine addiction

New research in monkeys suggests treating cocaine addiction with a "replacement" drug that mimics the effects of cocaine but has less potential for abuse.



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