UGA, Emory to look at exercise, drug addiction

ATLANTA (AP) - A team of researchers from the University of Georgia and Emory University is getting nearly $2 million to study whether chemicals produced during exercise can help prevent relapse in drug addicts.

The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will examine if the same anti-stress effects produced by aerobic exercise can help reduce drug cravings in addicts. During exercise, the body produces a chemical called galanin, which reduces stress and stress-based urges.

The researchers hope to develop galanin-based prescription drugs that can be used in treating addiction.

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