Cocaine Vaccine Can Stop Addiction
A british pharmaceutical company, Xenova, has developed a vaccine that could help cocaine addicts break their addiction.
The vaccine, TA-CD, blocks the body from absorbing cocaine into the brain, and therefore does not produce a high. The scientists who developed the vaccine warn that the vaccine will not work for everybody, and some may feel such a strong craving for a high that they move over to other drugs.
"A lot of cocaine addicts have complex social and psychological issues. Once one drug stops working, if these underlying issues aren't addressed, people may move on to another drug that does."
Trials with TA-CD have shown promising results, as about half of the treated addicts were able to stay off cocaine for at least six months.