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The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

3: Morphine binding within the reward pathway

Morphine binding within the reward pathway

Reiterate that morphine binds to receptors on neurons in the VTA and in the nucleus accumbens. This is shown here within the reward pathway. Indicate that you will show how morphine activates this pathway on the next image.

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