Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to opioid addiction – and protects others

Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Rates of abuse of these drugs have shot up over the past 15 years and continue to climb.

Why is this happening? Is there hope for helping individuals with opioid addiction?

From a scientific standpoint, addiction is a disease. And, as researchers who study opioid addiction, we’re hopeful about where epigenetics, the science of how DNA code is regulated, can lead us.

This research could one day unlock preventative therapeutics – treatments that not only help those currently struggling with substance abuse but protect future generations.

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