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    A single injection of a naturally occurring neuro protein, BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor), made rats act as in the same manner that opiate-addicted rats do, leaving preferred environments in search of a fix. Addicts often have increased levels of BDNF, which led to the research.

    So now, you can string someone out in one blow, eliminating the need for a drug. Some pretty promising treatment possibilities, but also some scary scenarios. Imagine shooting someone up with BDNF as a coercive tactic, or maybe someone who's skipped the middleman and is straight addicted to BDNF. What the hell would one have to do to keep up a good supply?

    I wonder what Hunter S.Thompson would have thought.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009 edited
    Or imagine lacing a drug with BDNF to up its addictiveness.

    Or developing an aerosolized form to use as a psy-ops weapon.

    Then again small-chain anti-sense RNA sequences to block production of BDNF could be a universal treatment for addiction.
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009
    It is of course the pinnacle of Western science to create the addition without the high, but not the high without the addiction. This really does say something deep about our cultural sensibilities, here.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2009
    the addition without the high, but not the high without the addiction

    One of the 'War on Drugs' big secrets is that plenty of narcotics are non-psyiologically addictive.
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    As stated above, we've had non addictive drugs kicking about since one man and his bike at the least.
    • CommentAuthorpoor_boy
    • CommentTimeJun 7th 2009
    Internet. Crack of the future.