Drug Use Linked with Brain Differences in Teens

LiveScience:

Teens who have used drugs even just once in their lives have brain characteristics that are different from those who have never used drugs, a new study finds.

In the study, the researchers scanned the brains of 71 Mexican-American 16-year-olds, and asked the teens whether they had ever used drugs, including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. The researchers looked at whether the brain activity of certain regions was in sync (a measure known as “functional connectivity”), which suggests that the regions are talking to one another.

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