Opioids May Interfere With Parenting Instincts, Study Finds

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To study brain responses to babies, researchers altered the middle photo in each row. Features typically considered “cute” were enhanced in the images at right and reduced in the images at left.

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Dr. Daniel D. Langleben

Some of the most troubling images of the opioid crisis involve parents buying or using drugs with their children in tow. Now new research offers a glimpse into the addicted brain, finding that the drugs appear to blunt a person’s natural parenting instincts.

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania scanned the brains of 47 men and women before and after they underwent treatment for opioid dependence. While in…

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