Mark Hutchinson talks about Drug Addiction on Radio Adelaide

Hi-Res Adelaidean Mark Hutchinson-crop1 March 2015

Interview with Professor Mark Hutchinson, Professor of Nanoscale BioPhotonics; Radio Adelaide, Adelaide, Orbit, Ewart Shaw; 01 Mar 2015 09:13AM

Hutchinson says a drug addiction has to be maladaptive or bad for the organism to meet the criteria of an addiction. He says the evidence suggests there is the potential to form an addiction to cocaine. He says nicotine, alcohol, and drugs were identified as having different mechanisms of action in the brain, but they all converged onto one key rewards system in the brain. He says they believe they have identified the mechanism by which lots of different drugs of abuse are able to activate a specific pathway, and they all activate it in a similar way. He says they are now working with the US Department of Defence, who are really interested in developing compounds to see if they work in humans. He discusses the social consequences of drug crime. He discusses his work with the Tas alkaloids company [Tasmanian Alkaloids.]