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Dopamine is a brain chemical involved in many different functions including movement, motivation, reward — and addiction.

Dopamine is a brain chemical involved in many different functions

Nearly all drugs of abuse directly or indirectly increase dopamine in the pleasure and motivation pathways and in so doing, alter the normal communication between neurons.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (July 1 2008). Dopamine is a brain chemical involved in many different functions including movement, motivation, reward — and addiction.. In Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/addiction-science/why-do-people-abuse-drugs/dopamine-brain-chemical-involved-in-many-different-functions-includi

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