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Just one snort of cocaine could be enough to get someone hooked, latest research claims

ONE snort of cocaine could be enough to get someone hooked, latest research claims.

The drug triggers the “pleasure chemical” dopamine in a brain area linked to compulsion, scientists say.

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New research claims a single snort of cocaine can cause addiction[/caption]

Even watching someone taking cocaine can cause a craving for it, experiments showed.

Scientists filmed participants taking cocaine in a lab with a friend with whom they had used the drug before.

Later the subjects had a brain scan while watching the video of their friend taking cocaine.

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Around 750,000 adults in England and Wales use cocaine each year[/caption]

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The drug caused 282 deaths in Britain at its peak use in 2008[/caption]

It increased craving and dopamine release in the dorsal striatum area of their brains.

Psychiatrist Professor Marco Leyton, of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, said: “The study provides evidence some of the characteristic brain signals in people who have developed addictions are also present much earlier than most of us would have imagined.”

It is estimated almost 750,000 adults in England and Wales use cocaine each year.

At its peak use in 2008 the drug was associated with 282 deaths in the UK.

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