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Addiction

Discover how opioid addiction affects the brain and how evidence-based treatments are saving lives.

Premiered: Runtime: 53:45Topic: Body + BrainBody & BrainNova

Hear firsthand from individuals struggling with addiction and follow the cutting-edge work of doctors and scientists as they investigate why addiction is not a moral failing, but a chronic, treatable medical condition. Easy access to drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and even prescription medications like OxyContin has fueled an epidemic of addiction—the deadliest in U.S. history. Now, science is revealing how addiction affects the brain, and top experts are gathering evidence about how we should address our drug problem, from embracing evidence-based treatments, to rethinking public policies. (Premiered October 17, 2018)

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