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This Is Your Brain On Drugs: How Science Explains Addiction

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Addicting drugs 'hijack' the reward pathways in the brain.

We've learned a lot about how devastating opiate addiction is for families and communities but on the next Vermont Edition, we're taking the conversation about addiction to the cellular level.

We'll learn what is actually happening in our brains and bodies that triggers an addiction, whether to heroin, alcohol or even to certain behaviors.

Our guest is Karen Lounsbury, professor of pharmacology at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, where she runs a lab that researches cellular signaling.

Broadcast live on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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