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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

What factors affect vulnerability to drug abuse and addiction?

Why do some people become addicted while others do not?

Vulnerability is a product of the interaction of a person’s biology (including their genes), environment, and age. These interactions are complex and difficult to tease apart.

This page was last updated July 2008

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