A deepening and deadly public health crisis

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, and are currently killing people at a faster rate than the HIV epidemic at its peak.

Addiction is a chronic illness, with genetic, environmental and social aspects. Developing effective therapies requires identifying the genes and pathways involved in the process of addiction.

You can be a part of the solution

Whole communities are being affected — and devastated — by addiction. Your support is urgently needed for research into the biological mechanisms behind individual risk for addiction.

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Lives free of addiction

Imagine if people could be screened at an early age for biological markers of addiction. Then, doctors could provide preventive medications before addiction takes hold and ruins lives.

JAX researchers are at the forefront of understanding the genetic factors involved in individuals’ vulnerability to addiction. The goal: to prevent addiction for people at high risk and intervene in those who are already addicted.


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Learn about Addiction Research at JAX

Through the power of genomics and powerful new mouse models, JAX is working to change the paradigm of addiction to identify the genes associated with addiction.  Learn more

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Contact Peter Lamothe to learn more about opportunities for you to join with JAX to discover treatments and cures.