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A drug commonly used to treat alcohol and drug addiction may help curb the urge to steal among prolific shoplifters, scientists have said.
They found the drug naltrexone helped take away the "thrill" that drives some kleptomaniacs to steal.
"It gets rid of that rush and desire," said Dr Jon Grant, of the University of Minnesota in America, who led the study.
Those who took naltrexone reported significantly less stealing behaviour compared to those given placebo.
The drug works by blocking nerve interactions in the brain that create feelings of pleasure.
Originally posted by MemoryShock
Is this what we are looking forward to? The forced medication as treatment for criminal behaviour, even criminal behaviour not felonious by legal standards? Are we going to be looking toward chemical corrections to alleviate the strain on the prison system?