How does an overdose affect the brain? Local researchers to learn more

Researchers at Miami University want to know what happens to the brain after someone survives an overdose.

A team led by Matthew McMurray, Miami University assistant professor of psychology, found that most research focuses on prevention and how to keep people from becoming addicted in the first place.

However, there is a lack of information on what happens when someone overdoses and is revived, according to a press release by Miami University.

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“We just don’t know what an overdose is actually doing to you,” McMurray stated.

The lab received grant funding from Miami’s College of Arts and Science to gather preliminary data on whether there are any long-term neurological effects.

To get more information on prevention and treatment, researchers need to understand how surviving an overdose changes the brain, according to the press release. The team’s research will reveal potential deficits in decision-making, memory or motor skills. Any findings could also shed light on reports of increased risk of relapse in survivors, which creates challenges for addiction treatment.

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