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The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana

2: Dopamine binding to receptors and uptake pumps in the nucleus accumbens

Dopamine binding to receptors and uptake pumps

Explain that cocaine concentrates in areas of the brain that are rich in dopamine synapses. Review dopamine transmission in the nucleus accumbens. Point to dopamine in the synapse and to dopamine bound to dopamine receptors and to uptake pumps on the terminal.

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