New Anti-Cocaine Vaccine May Block Drug From Reaching Brain

The Join Together Staff of Drugfree.org recently wrote about an anti-cocaine vaccine that blocks the drug from reaching the brain in animal testing. Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York say human trials of the vaccine may begin within a year, Voice of America reports.

Using a radiological tracking technique, researchers showed how the vaccine stopped cocaine molecules from reaching the brain and triggering a high induced by the brain chemical dopamine. These findings were published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.

Lead researcher Dr. Ronald G. Crystal said, “The vaccine eats up the cocaine in the blood like a little Pac-man before it can reach the brain,” in a news release. “We believe this strategy is a win-win for those individuals, among the estimated 1.4 million cocaine users in the United States, who are committed to breaking their addiction to the drug. Even if a person who receives the anti-cocaine vaccine falls off the wagon, cocaine will have no effect.”

To read the full article, visit Drugfree.org.

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