A Vaccine to Curb Addicts’ Highs

Using the immune system to fight addictions. This sounds like a fascinating proposition on the surface. However, to date there has been no comprehensive testing and the side effects are open for discussion.

On another level, think in terms of if it works. Two questions pop out to me. The first is what will be used to replace the drug that the person is being inoculated against. Also, you may take action against the symptom of a deeper dysfunction that cocaine provides the escape. Then again then again think in terms of the potential of someone being court ordered or forcefully given an injection for the ‘good of society. If the courts can order a rehab program in prison then it is not a far reach for ordering an injection. Think of the money saving in tight times.

However, the biggest and saddest obstacle to further investigation is stated in the article itself. “…Perhaps the biggest obstacle to developing a vaccine is funding. Nora Volkow, the director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, says she is “very excited by the possibilities of vaccines.” But the entire $1 billion annual budget of her grant-giving agency is barely equal to what the pharmaceutical industry spends to bring a single medication to market. The big money for research and development is in the private sector, which has shown little interest in addiction vaccines…’ A Vaccine to Curb Addicts’ Highs

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