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May 23, 2012
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Doctor explains to public attorneys the 'rat-brain' urges behind addiction

As drugs continue to fuel crime in Carson City, the two justice court judges coordinated with Partnership Carson City to bring in an addiction specialists to explain to other court workers the differences between an addict's brain and non-addicts'.

Dr. Mel Pohl, a Las Vegas-based Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine who is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, explained it simply Tuesday: An addict's brain is struggling against animalistic urges to use its drug of choice that's on par with the need to eat and sleep.

It's a disease that doesn't rest in the more …

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