Vanderbilt researchers lay groundwork for drug addiction cure

Findings in a Vanderbilt-led study could pave the way for a cure to drug addiction. The number-one reason people admit to using marijuana is to cope with anxiety and depression, Vanderbilt researchers said.  That's why they're taking the fight against addiction to the root of the problem inside the brain.

"Our thought is that  there are groups of people who suffer from some types of anxiety and depression that use marijuana that actually have deficiencies so they have a lack of a natural high," said Sachin Patel, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychiatry and Molecular Physiology & Biophysics.

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