(NEWSER)–  Much like a rampaging zombie, brain cells on cocaine can't stop eating brains, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Scientists already knew that the drug killed brain cells, but "autopsies" on the dead brain cells of mice given '70s-rock-star levels of cocaine revealed that the cells had been killed when autophagy, the process by which cells absorb unwanted debris, went completely out of control and the cells began devouring vital parts of themselves, the Guardian reports.

The same effect was seen in the babies of mice given large amounts of cocaine while pregnant.

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