Heroin-Addicted Individuals Have Unique Brain Disturbances Resembling Those of Alzheimer’s

This shows the outline of a person's headAltered expression of FYN, a gene associated with the production of Tau, was identified in the brains of people addicted to heroin. Findings suggest opioid use can affect the brain in a way that might cause vulnerability in neural systems that can trigger neurodegeneration later in life.