Addicted to cocaine…..Just get a cocaine vaccine
(RAW STORY) Researchers said Monday a new cocaine vaccine in clinical trial has shown promise in reducing use among addicts and could serve as vital treatment for some 1.6 million Americans dependent on the drug.
The authors of a new report say the vaccine reduces use of the drug by raising anti-cocaine antibody levels in the blood, thereby inactivating the cocaine before it enters the brain and gives the user a high.
But in a six-month trial conducted by researchers at Yale University School of Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine, only 38 percent of vaccinated subjects produced antibody levels high enough to sequester the cocaine and significantly reduce the feelings of euphoria from the drug.
And those who did produce enough antibodies maintained them for only two months.
“Optimal treatment will likely require repeated booster vaccinations to maintain appropriate antibody levels,” the authors wrote in their report, published Monday in the October issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.