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The Hijacker – Addiction Series (Episode 1)
Substance use disorders (SUDs), what some refer to as addiction, affect tissue function in two main parts of the brain: the limbic system (responsible for basic survival instincts) and the prefrontal cortex (where decision-making and impulse control live).
Substance use activates the dopamine process in the survival center much more powerfully than natural rewards like food or sex. When repeated it can hijack the brain, making it think that the substance is the most important thing for survival.
The good news – SUDs are preventable and treatable, and brain scans show that once an individual is in recovery, brain tissue can get better.
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Today’s Drugs: Spice
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Kevin Hunter, Captain of the Vice & Narcotics Division at the Fort Wayne Police Department shares what we should know about spice. (3:48 Minutes)
Today’s Drugs: Methamphetamine (Meth)
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Kevin Hunter, Captain of the Vice & Narcotics Division at the Fort Wayne Police Department shares what we should know about meth. (4:03 minutes)
Synthetic Drugs: A Scary Reality
This CNN news report highlights the dangerous effects of synthetic drugs. (7:46 minutes)
Synthetic Marijuana Part 1
RT American correspondent, Meghan Lopez, produced this video about the devastating effects of synthetic marijuana. Three personal stories are shared. One first-time user died. (6:16 minutes)
Today’s Drugs: Addiction 101
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Megan Fisher CADAC IV, and a Director of Addiction Recovery Services at a large mental health center, shares what we should all know about addiction. (5:53 minutes)
Synthetic Marijuana Part 2
RT American correspondent Meghan Lopez produced this follow-up video, highlighting the problem with synthetic marijuana. She demonostrates how easy it is for people to buy. (4:42)
Synthetic Drugs are Killing Kids
Produced by CNN, this short video talks about the deadly effects of synthetic drugs. (42:12 minutes)
5 Things To Know About Flakka
Provided by CBSN, this news story discusses the dangerous effects of flakka. (4:35 minutes)
Today’s Drugs: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
Part of the Today’s Drugs series, Megan Fisher, CADAC IV, and a Director of Addiction Recovery Services at a large mental health center, shares what we should all know about Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for addiction. (13:43 minutes)