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Nasal spray helps break betting habit.

Byline: KARA O'NEILL

GAMBLING addicts may soon be able to treat their "craving" to place a bet with a nasal spray.

Finnish researchers are conducting a study to find out if naloxone, commonly used to treat heroin, opium and morphine addiction, could help gamblers.

The spray blocks the production of dopamine, a chemical linked with pleasure, and could stop the rush gambling addicts experience from betting.

A version taken as a pill failed because the drug took one hour to be absorbed into the system.

Hanna Alho, a professor of addiction medicine, said: "The need to gamble starts right away.

"We are seeking a medication with a quick effect. The nasal spray acts in just a few minutes."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 9, 2018
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