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Heroin Vaccine Underway to Possibly Hit Human Trials Soon

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With the heroin epidemic claiming lives and tearing loved ones apart as a result, a heroin vaccine may potentially be making its way to trials on humans, as long as it finds the funding.  A chemist, Kim Janda of Scripps Research Institute, has come up with this groundbreaking heroin vaccine and he is confident it could salvage the lives of suffering heroin addicts on a global level if continued to be proven effective in further conducted studies.

Heroin Vaccine

The heroin vaccine isn’t the first vaccine created by Janda.  In fact, the aspiring chemist has concocted possible vaccine anecdotes for substances including methamphetamine, cocaine, and even a date rape drug.  He does, however, claim for the heroin vaccine to be his team’s “best success in over 25 years of working.”  Financing seems to be what keeps these vaccines from pushing on further with the public.  “No pharmaceutical company is going to fund trials for heroin, no way,” Janda explained.  Although funding isn’t guaranteed, the results have been more than promising in the studies that have been conducted so far.  “It’s really dramatic,” described Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  “You can inject a rat with 10 times the dose of heroin that a normal rat [could handle] and they just look at you like nothing happened. It’s extraordinary.”  If there are such strong results seen in this heroin vaccine, why won’t officials put in extra effort and move forward by taking immediate action for funding?

Understanding Addiction

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had concluded in July 2014 that 46 Americans die every single day as a result of an overdose from prescription painkillers.  Because today’s heroin addict is found to begin abusing prescription pain medication and switch over to heroin due to the cheaper cost, tackling the war on drugs as a whole would prove pivotal and groundbreaking in society.  There are already several medication treatments approved by the FDA that have been found to reduce alcohol and drug cravings like naltrexone and acamprosate, but even these are no cure for addiction.  The truth is that although a medication may provide alleviation of symptoms, it won’t purely relieve the entity of the disease of addiction in which the sufferer is dealing with.  Addiction is a disease where both the mind and body are affected, so naturally both need treatment.

“I am not sure Americans realize that if they treated alcoholism and drug addiction they would save quadrillions of dollars in health care costs,” Dr. George Koob from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) began to explain. “Go into any emergency room on the weekend and you will see half are there for alcohol and drugs. If for no other reason, investing in research on addiction will reduce health care costs in the future. That’s something I believe in.”  Drug addiction takes a hefty toll on the country by resulting in an approximation of $193 billion attributed to illicit drugs, $235 billion to alcohol, and another $193 billion to alcohol annually, as found by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Although a vaccine seems like a life saver, it still may not fix addiction or the person who has the disease of addiction. The good news is that there is hope and heroin addicts can get clean today with the proper treatment program in place. The only requirement is a desire to stop and a commitment to get help. If you would like to stop abusing heroin, but are not sure how, contact The Watershed today. We can help get you there.




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