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Katherine Esse, Marco Fossati-Bellani, Angela Traylor and Sheryl Martin-Schild Epidemic of illicit drug use, mechanisms of action/addiction and stroke as a health hazard Brain and Behavior 1

Article first published online: 8 JUN 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/brb3.7

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Many illicit drugs have been linked to major cardiovascular events and other comorbidities, including cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy, heroin, phencyclidine, lysergic acid diethylamide, and marijuana. This review focuses on available epidemiological data, mechanisms of action, particularly those leading to cerebrovascular events, and it is based on papers published in English in PubMed during 1950 through February 2011.

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