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Today, we will be talking about drug addiction and how the autonomic nervous system is affected by the use of opioid medication and drugs. These drugs are mainly heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamines. Becoming addicted to these medications will lead to lots of health problems, ranging from cognitive issues to digestive and degenerative issues. The addiction to these drugs is actually driven by hacking the neurotransmitter system where the chronic relapsing happens - this is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use. So, we want to be careful about the use of these medications and it's really important to be aware that if you've been prescribed one of these medications for pain, you have to wean yourself off to avoid being addicted to it.
We will also have quick review of neurons and the functions of the innate nervous system and innate immune system cells that are around there which help the brain function.
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