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Anti-heroin drug a solution to gambling addiction? - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - As the Singapore Government looks at ways to deter frequent gamblers from patronising casinos, doctors Down Under have been advised to treat gambling addiction as a medical problem and to consider prescribing an anti-heroin drug to help problem gamblers. The Daily Telegraph reported yesterday that a new guideline for doctors published on The Medical Journal of Australia's website has recommended practitioners to treat gambling addiction with the drug naltrexone. The website, however, added that the doctors should recommend the drug "with caution" to the patients. The drug, usually used to treat problems such as heroin and alcohol addictions, can help to block the overproduction in the brain of endogenous opioids and to assist people to control their impulses. Australia has one of the world's highest rates of problem gamblers, with about 2.1 per cent of Australi...

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