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What is a drug addiction?

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Addiction is a brain disease that often happens again. Someone who's addicted compulsively seeks the drug they're addicted to, despite problems that it causes for them and their loved ones. The addiction actually changes the brain. It affects a person's self-control and ability to make good decisions. Meanwhile, the person has intense impulses to take more drugs. It's a vicious cycle.

From: Prescription Drug Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

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FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 6, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Prescription Drug Use and Abuse," "FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Topics in Brief: Prescription Drug Abuse."

National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Trends in prescription drug abuse."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on February 6, 2018

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