Attenuated effects of experimenter-administered heroin in adolescent vs. adult male rats: physical withdrawal and locomotor sensitization

@article{Doherty2012AttenuatedEO,
  title={Attenuated effects of experimenter-administered heroin in adolescent vs. adult male rats: physical withdrawal and locomotor sensitization},
  author={James M. Doherty and Kyle J. Frantz},
  journal={Psychopharmacology},
  year={2012},
  volume={225},
  pages={595-604}
}
Early onset of heroin use during adolescence might increase chances of later drug addiction. Prior work from our laboratory suggests, however, that adolescent male rats are actually less sensitive than adults to some enduring effects of heroin self-administration. In the present study, we tested two likely correlates of sensitivity to behavioral reinforcement in rats: physical withdrawal and locomotor sensitization. Adolescent (35 days old at start) and adult (79 days old) male Sprague–Dawley… CONTINUE READING

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