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Finnish Researchers Testing Nasal Spray to Stop Gambling Add

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Health Finnish Researchers Testing Nasal Spray to Stop Gambling Addiction

Paige Driessen

By Paige DriessenJan 15, 2018, 14:54 pm


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A group of Finnish researchers have recently announced the conduct of a study to test the effectiveness of a nasal spray, whose mission is to stop the desire of compulsive gamblers to succumb to their addiction.

The spray in question already exists: it is a spray made with a drug called naloxone. It is used in the emergency care of opiate overdoses (heroin, morphine or opium) and is able to block their effects by taking their place on the affected receptors.

The drug was developed as a nasal spray because the nose is a highly vascularized area, promoting rapid action of the injected product. The goal is to save the lives of those affected by drug overdose without resorting to heavier methods. 

But this same nasal spray will soon be the subject of a study conducted by Finnish researchers, as indicated in a publication in the journal Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience.

This research will focus on the treatment of addiction to gambling. According to the researchers, this disorder depends on specific neurotransmitters produced by opioid receptor activation.

These neurotransmitters include reward-related dopamine, pulse-controlling serotonin, norepinephrine (excitation), and endogenous opioids such as endorphin linked to cravings and motivation.


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