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Differences In Human Brain Chemistry May Account For Different Responses To Stimulants

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September 7, 1999
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NIH/National Institute On Drug Abuse
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Scientists have discovered a mechanism that appears to account for the different levels of euphoria people experience when taking a stimulant drug, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Scientists have discovered a mechanism that appears to account for the different levels of euphoria people experience when taking a stimulant drug, according to a new study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. The study, which will appear in the September issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that people who have lower levels of dopamine D2 receptors in their brains are more inclined to like the effects of methylphenidate, a mild stimulant, than people who have higher levels of these receptors and who were found to dislike the drug's effects.


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NIH/National Institute On Drug Abuse. (1999, September 7). Differences In Human Brain Chemistry May Account For Different Responses To Stimulants. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/09/990907075205.htm
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