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Vaccine for Heroin May Hold Promise, But Research Support Lacking

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Heroin

Vaccine for Heroin May Hold Promise, But Research Support LackingIt has long been a dream of medical researchers to find a remedy for drug and alcohol addiction that could make things easier for addicts trying to stay on the straight and narrow. While it is accurate to say that addiction is a disease and not just a matter of willpower, all of the responsibility for staying clean and sober does ultimately rest on the shoulders of those with substance abuse problems. There is no “cure” for addiction, but if there were some kind of assistance that could lighten a recovering addict’s load, or aid her in her efforts to overcome her chemical dependency, her chances of finding future peace and happiness could be improved dramatically.

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Cocaine Vaccine Study Has Disappointing Results

Posted on July 16, 2014 in Cocaine

Cocaine Vaccine Study Has Disappointing ResultsFor more than 20 years, various groups of researchers have been working on vaccines designed to provide protection against the mind-altering effects of cocaine. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from several U.S. institutions assessed the progress made on a specific cocaine vaccine called succinyl norcocaine, which has advanced to a testing stage involving humans. 

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Anti-Cocaine ‘Pac-man’ Vaccine Could Be Used on Humans Within a Year

Posted on July 13, 2013 in Cocaine

Anti-Cocaine 'Pac-man' Vaccine Could Be Used on Humans Within a YearFor those who have struggled with cocaine addiction, an answer may soon be on its way. Researchers from the Department of Genetic Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed a vaccine that attacks cocaine while it is still in the bloodstream, preventing the user from getting high.

The study led by Dr. Ronald Crystal was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology and offers hope to those who have been unable to kick their dependence on cocaine.  According to an article published in Mail Online, in the instance that a dependent individual relapses, the vaccine prevents the drug’s euphoric effect. And without the desired effect, the drug becomes less attractive.

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A Vaccine Against Heroin in the Works

Posted on June 14, 2013 in Heroin

A Vaccine Against Heroin in the WorksOne of the biggest challenges to drug addiction recovery is the constant threat of relapse. Some researchers are working hard to find new therapies that will make drug use less appealing. To do this, there is currently a vaccine to immunize against heroin use that is now being tested.

The vaccine treatment zeroes in on the psychoactive chemicals in heroin that travel in the blood to the brain. The vaccine is designed to prevent those ingredients from ever reaching their destination. The heroin vaccine is being developed by the Scripps Research Institute.

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Development of a Methamphetamine Vaccine

Posted on May 29, 2013 in Stimulants

Development of a Methamphetamine VaccineVaccination is a method that doctors use to stimulate the immune system and either prevent the appearance of a particular disease or diminish the effects of a disease if it does appear. A vaccine achieves these goals by triggering a reaction called an antibody response, which puts the immune system on alert for a specific type of foreign invader. Currently, drug abuse researchers are developing a vaccine designed to help stop the illegal, addictive drug methamphetamine from making its classic changes on normal brain function. The method used to produce this effect strongly resembles the antibody response generated by vaccines that fight off infectious diseases.

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Vaccines Against Drug Abuse: A Viable Treatment Option?

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Research & News

Vaccines Against Drug Abuse: A Viable Treatment Option?The idea of vaccinating against drug abuse is hailed by many to be the future of addiction treatment, but the concept has several downsides that may hold it back. The idea is simple: a vaccination would prevent the drug from having an effect if taken, which would therefore render taking drugs pretty much useless. It obviously has a huge potential benefit for removing the appeal of commonly-abused drugs, but critics point out that it could never become the sole treatment for addiction. Understanding the mechanism of the vaccines that have been developed and their limitations helps you see how they will fit into the future of addiction treatment.

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Development of a Heroin Vaccine

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Heroin

Development of a Heroin VaccineVaccination is the general term doctors use to describe a process that protects the body from an infectious illness by preemptively introducing a weaker form of the illness in order to prepare and stimulate the immune system. The key to this process is the immune system’s ability to produce specialized proteins, called antibodies, which chemically “tag” the source of the illness for future reference and rapid response. Currently, researchers from several institutions are using the vaccine model to produce a treatment that blocks the effects of the illegal, addictive street drug heroin.

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Meth Vaccine Shows Promise

Posted on March 30, 2013 in Stimulants

Meth Vaccine Shows PromiseA new methamphetamine vaccine appears to block the effects of the drug on lab rats. Now the question is, will it work on humans?

When scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in California gave rats meth, the rodents showed few signs of intoxication. “This is an early-stage study, but its results are comparable to those for other drug vaccines that have then gone to clinical  trials,” said Michael A. Taff, an addiction sciences expert at Scripps. The results of the study were published in November 2012.

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The Future of Drug Prevention: Fighting Cocaine via Vaccine

Posted on November 6, 2012 in Cocaine

It’s a fact that drugs can destroy people’s lives by tearing apart families, eroding personal relationships, and sinking careers and professional ambitions. Some people want to quit but can’t seem to shake the urge to use. But what if fighting the grips of addiction was as simple as taking a vaccine?

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Researchers Seek Vaccines to Stop Drug Addiction

Posted on November 9, 2011 in Drug Addiction Treatment

The federal government has awarded $5 million in grants to two research teams trying to develop vaccines for drug addiction.

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