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Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs$
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Heather Ashton

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780192622426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192622426.001.0001

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Drugs acting on reward and punishment systems

Drugs acting on reward and punishment systems

(p.127) 7. Drugs acting on reward and punishment systems
Brain Function and Psychotropic Drugs

Heather Ashton

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes drugs that exert major actions on reward and punishment systems and are all drugs of dependence. Some have potent effects on pain systems and are of therapeutic importance (narcotic analgesics), but all are also used as recreational agents because of their rewarding properties. Antidepressant drugs and drugs which induce depression also affect reward and punishment systems.

Keywords:   reward systems, punishment systems, drug dependence, pain systems, recreational agents, antidepressant drugs, narcotic analgesics

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