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    Default Could gambling addiction be treated with a nasal spray?

    A group of Finnish researchers are launching a study to find out if a "fast-working nasal spray" can help treat gambling addiction, according to an article in The Guardian.

    The spray contains naloxone, which is commonly used as an emergency treatment for overdoses of opiates such as heroin, opium and morphine. It blocks the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure with a central role in addictions. The experiment is to be launched next week and is expected to last for a year.

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    “The spray goes to the brain in a few minutes so it’s very useful for a gambler … if you crave gambling, just take the spray,” Hannu Alho, professor of addiction medicine at the Helsinki-based national institute for health and welfare, explained.

    The researchers are looking for up to 130 volunteers to take part in the experiment, which Alho says is “the first of its kind globally to use nasal spray.” Half will use the treatment for three months, while the other half will be given a placebo.

    Alho said a previous attempt to treat gambling addiction with a pill containing a substance similar to naloxone had shown benefits, but was inefficient as the pill takes at least one hour before it is absorbed.

    “Gambling is a very impulsive behaviour … the need to gamble starts right away,” Alho said. “For this reason we are seeking a medication with a quick effect … the nasal spray acts in just a few minutes.”
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    I can't wait to see dozens of players at the Roulette and Black Jack tables in the casino, snorting this Naloxone spray every 10 minutes like a line of Cocaine.

    The problem with Naloxone is, that the effect lasts for only 2 hours.
    After some weeks the gambler will suffer under the so called rebound effect, that means, his addiction symptoms becomes more intensive, when the use of Naloxone discontinued.

    Moreover: Naloxone has tremendous side effects including nausea, vomiting and hypertension, as if the blood pressure during gambling is not already high enough at some point.

    And if I am honest, I really don't like it, when a Naloxone guy is puking on my winning chips on the table right after the ball landed to my happiness in a red pocket.


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    Lol, imagine that! That would really be as something out of a science-fiction novel. It would be like some kind of a super-wonder drug

    Here is the link for it btw:
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