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FDA Approves First Implant To Treat Opioid Addiction

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Probuphine, the first implantable drug for the treatment of opioid dependence. It’s a welcome development at a time when scores of Americans are addicted to painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

A New Drug Erases Memories To Treat Addiction

Methamphetamine is one of the nastiest drug addictions to overcome, in part because memories of the high are so powerful. But what if scientists could erase those drug-infused recollections? Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a drug that’s able to do just that in mice.

Short Animation Makes Fun Of Our Embarrassing Addiction To Smartphones

Video: We’re missing out on the world around us because we’re all so focused on what’s happening in the world inside of our phones. This bitingly hilarious animation jabs at our smartphone addiction by showing cartoon characters so obsessed with their phones that they don’t notice danger in front of them, or when their clothes have been stripped off, or when people are dying and so on. It’s great.

This Is What Cocaine Addiction Looks Like In A Transparent Mouse Brain

Last year, neuroscientists unveiled a remarkable new technique called CLARITY that makes whole mouse brains invisible. And now they’re proving it’s not just a cool trick. A striking new video shows the complex circuits that light up when mice experience fear or cocaine addiction.

A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction And Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can’t be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can survive body temps — and more than doubles its cocaine appetite.

Would These Redesigned Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking cold turkey takes a rare sort of willpower that most of us will, unfortunately, never know. So for the weaker willed masses looking to kick the habit, these new cigarette packaging concepts may be just what the (questionable) doctor ordered.

The Science Of Why You Loved Flappy Bird So Much

Long live Flappy Bird, the game we loved to hate. But why oh why was that simple little game so awfully compelling?

A New Vaccine Eats Cocaine 'Like Pac-Man' To Kick Addiction

Cocaine addictions, which carry a notoriously high relapse rate, may have finally met their match in the form of a simple, long lasting booster vaccine.

Russian Bears Are Hooked On Sniffing Jet Fuel Until They Pass Out

Russia’s bears, no longer able to resist the sweet temptation of jet fuel, have a drug problem. The bears living on the Kronotsky Nature Reserve have taken to huffing jet fuel out of old barrels until they pass out

How Pornography Addiction Works And Affects Your Life

For all the jokes, pornography addiction is a real and actual addiction. Really. Stop laughing. I’m serious. Porn works like any other addictive substance: It re-wires your brain in ways that make you need it, and probably proves harmful to the rest of your life.

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