Some Drug Users Can’t Distinguish Between Right and Wrong

by Landon Todd on August 17, 2016

cocaine_use.jpgAside from being dangerous and highly addictive, cocaine and methamphetamine may also affect the moral judgment of users.

Results from a recent study conducted by Psychopharmacology – an international journal that covers the elucidating mechanisms by which drugs affect behavior – revealed that habitual cocaine and methamphetamine users can have difficulty distinguishing between right and wrong.

During the study, researchers asked 131 habitual cocaine and methamphetamine users and 80 non-users to make decisions that required moral reasoning while having their brains scanned. The data showed that prolonged cocaine and methamphetamine use can damage the part of the brain that processes right from wrong.

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