By Eric W. Dolan
Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have successfully used a vaccine to produce a long-lasting anti-cocaine immunity in nonhuman primates.
“The vaccine eats up the cocaine in the blood like a little Pac-man before it can reach the brain,” the study’s lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, said 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.”
The findings were published online in the scientific journal Neuropsychopharmacology on Friday.
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