Chemistry of Addiction Abstract

In this research project, I hope to explore the relationship between addictiveness and the intermolecular interactions between drug molecules and brain synapses. It is known that a key part of drug addictiveness is related to the potency of the chemical release it triggers, as more addictive drugs tend to trigger stronger chemical and hormone releases. My research, however, aims to discover whether the strength and types of bonds between drug molecules and the brain affects a drug’s addictiveness.