Pharmacological Addiction

Pharmacology is the study of the nature, effects and uses of drugs. The basic processes that pharmacology studies include how drugs get into the body, what they do in the body, how they do it, and the ways in which the body breaks down and gets rid of them. In other words, how a drug interacts with the body and how the body interacts with the drug. This resource focuses on the pharmacology of psychoactive drugs. People use this type of drug for the effect they have on the brain and how it changes the way they feel and experience things. Such drugs can also act on areas of the brain that control different parts of the body, affecting liver function, hormone levels, heart rate, breathing and more. It is also possible that the way the liver breaks down a drug (metabolism) can damage other tissues and organs and affect their functioning. Using drugs can result in serious health outcomes, both short-term or acute (e.g., stroke linked to cocaine use) and long-term or chronic (e.g., liver problems linked to regular, heavy alcohol use).

 

  • Addiction & Toxicology
  • Alcohol detoxification using chemotherapeutic agents
  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Lung Health and Immunity

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