Anti-Drug Vaccines

From atomly
Sent Thu, Jun 22nd 2000, 22:18

This is just scary- companies are developing vaccines against drugs to
deter usage...  Imagine if they start giving them to kids.

Here's a snippet:

BILLY wanted to be bad. He just never quite made it. Sure, he'd put in
the hours hanging out with the wrong crowd.  He'd snorted what they
snorted, injected what they injected and smoked what they smoked.  But
while his friends found bliss or oblivion, Billy was left to watch from
the sidelines, untouched by the drugs. 
                                                Billy's parents couldn't
have been happier with the result. Years ago, they'd made the decision
to vaccinate their son against addictive chemicals. Thanks to a few
simple injections, Billy's blood was brimming with antibodies that bind
to these substances and stop them getting to his brain, like a thin red
line of defence against life's vices. 

                                            Billy may be fictitious, but
the prospect of an anti-drug vaccine isn't just a rebellious teenager's
nightmare.  Academic labs and at least five companies are in the
advanced stages of animal testing for antibody therapies against
cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), methamphetamine and even nicotine. One
anti-cocaine vaccine has already been tested for safety in drug abusers.
By the end of the year, it could be undergoing its first efficacy trials.

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