In vitro Effect of High Doses of Morphine on Con a Induced Lymphokine Production
Opiate addicts are often exposed to doses of exogenous opiates as high as 2 grams of heroin per day (1). Opiates also concentrate in the spleen, thus exposing the cells of the immune system in addicts to high concentrations of these drugs (2). As a possible consequence of this, IV drug users are immunosup-pressed (3,4), causing them to be more susceptible to a variety of diseases including AIDS, a devastating illness which affects a significant percent of this population.
KeywordsOpiate Receptor Beta Endorphin Opiate Antagonist Morphine Concentration Opiate Agonist
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