Hints of a heroin vaccine from Mexico
A vaccine against drug addiction is a bit of holy grail in the war on
At an Addiction Technology Transfer Network presentation at the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican Health Secretary Salomon Chertorivski announced his nation’s government has patented a vaccine for heroin addiction, and researchers are working on vaccines against other drugs, including cocaine and methamphetamines.
Chertorivski told the Latin American Herald Tribune the vaccine, developed at the National Institute of Psychiatry (INP) in Mexico, had gone through studies in rats and was ready to go into human trials. «We can be very proud of our scientists at the [INP] because they’ve achieved something that hasn’t been achieved in other areas of the world," the minister added.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail reported the vaccine triggers an immune response that stops heroin entering the brain and stimulating the opioid receptors, stopping the 'rush' of the drug. Maria Elena Medina Mora, director of the INP, told the Mail: «The vaccine will not be the solution to all addictions, but is one way to confront the problem, above all in the treatment field. It is hoped that the vaccinated person will have a lower desire to consume the drug because the dose of the vaccine will block the pleasure of taking it.»
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