Effects of Opiate Dependence and Abuse on the Learning and Memory Pathways in the Brain

3D xray of brain with various colors mapping nervous system

One of the reasons that opiates are so powerful is that they bind to special receptors in the brain, stimulating a cascade of events that changes the actual structure of brain pathways.  Over time, repeated use of opiates such as heroin or prescription painkillers fundamentally alters the brain circuits associated with learning and memory.  This […]