Big Pharma Develop Vaccine To Stop Children Becoming Heroin Addicts

A new vaccine designed to prevent children becoming addicted to heroin is set for human trials after successful trials in monkeys.

A new vaccine designed to prevent people becoming addicted to heroin is set for human trials after successful trials in monkeys, with researchers claiming the new vaccination will occupy an important position in the already crowded vaccine schedule.

The vaccine, which has been developed at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), blocks the “high” of heroin, and has been shown to be effective up to eight months after being administered, leading researchers to claim the new vaccine could completely eliminate heroin dependency if the vaccine is boosted regularly.

A vaccine to prevent children becoming addicted to the “designer drug” Fentanyl is also in late-stage development, after being tested successfully on mice.

IFL Science reports: This is the first vaccine against an opioid to pass this stage of testing, and the researchers hope that they will now be approved to move on to clinical testing.

It works by teaching the immune system to produce antibodies against heroin, and the psychoactive products within it that cause the high users experience. The vaccine does this by exposing the immune system to part of the heroin molecule’s structure.

Then when heroin is next introduced into the system, the newly created antibodies will target it, neutralizing the heroin molecules. Users (in this trial, rhesus monkeys) don’t feel the euphoria from heroin, because the heroin molecules are blocked before they can reach the brain.

This validates our previous rodent data and positions our vaccine in a favorable light for anticipated clinical evaluation,” study leader Kim Janda said in a statement. “We believe this vaccine candidate will prove safe for human trials.”

The hope for the vaccine is that it can be used to treat heroin addicts, by removing the high they get from the drug, and their motivation for taking the drug at all. This could help prevent relapses in addicts recovering from addiction.

The trial saw rhesus monkeys being injected with the vaccine, before being given doses of heroin. The researchers found that four of the monkeys that were given three doses of the vaccine had an effective immune response, which could neutralize various doses of heroin. The vaccine was found to be most effective in the first month after vaccination, but the effect could last for over eight months.

Two of the four monkeys tested had been pre-vaccinated with the same vaccine in a previous study, seven months prior to this one. Raising hopes of an effective long-term vaccine for heroin, these two monkeys showed a much higher response to the vaccine in this second round of experiments. If this effect is replicated in humans, this could mean that heroin addicts could be given long-term immunity to heroin, helping with their recovery.

This research, which was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, looked at heroin only, and wouldn’t be effective against other opioids. However the same logic can be applied, and a previous study by TSRI showed that a vaccine for “designer drug” Fentanyl was effective in mice.

The next step for the team will be to license the vaccine to an outside company for partnering in clinical trials.

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  • Patrick

    Neat. Big pharma creates an opioid epidemic, then swiftly comes out with a vaccine to prevent opioid addiction.

  • John C Carleton

    Why not shoot all CIA people in the butt with it. They are the main importers of the drug into America.

    • Frank C

      Good one, Grey Wolf!
      Anyway, good for 8 months? Then boosters. What are they trying to do; put the CIA out of business? Might be cheaper just to let them become heroin addicts instead of addicted to these vaccines. What percentage of people become heroin addicts anyway?
      Shades of Agenda 21, population control, here!

  • Black Swan

    Try spraying the poppy fields in Afghanistan with Agent Orange first, to help lower the developement costs.

    • Frank C

      What??! And put all those CIA workers out of a job?!

      • Black Swan

        There are enough govt. workers on the dole already.

  • BB

    Why not giving the people love and affection instead of vaccines…??

  • Robert Powell

    Vaccines are nothing but planned genocide. This is a load of crap.

  • clarioncaller

    Obviously, the wholesale importation of heroin and fentanyl is not killing the population fast enough. What could possibly go wrong with injecting EVERY child with this ‘monkey-proven’ vaccine?

  • nutritionxpert

    We need a vaccine that stops researchers from making vaccines!

  • JeanineS

    This is insanity…..they try this out on FOUR monkeys and they don’t even really know how long each “booster” will last (maybe up to 8 months). There obviously is no concern for what the safety of this “vaccine” is, and it is a profit only drug. Just watch, this will be fast tracked through the FDA because of the opioid “crisis”, which btw….even if you include heroin and counterfeit fentanyl, yearly deaths from opioids and opioid related drugs are still less than that from NSAIDS.

    This is just another way of making a massive amount of money selling a vaccine that once again has not been proven safe or effective.

  • Fingal Carson

    We need a vaccine that prevents liberalism and conservative liberalism and all western political mindsets from developing or forming. We literally need an anti-stupid vaccine, but not their idea of an anti-stupid vaccine. That’s what we do need. Fantasy, I know.

  • James Peters

    ”Update: see the comments. It looks like one of the cocaine vaccines has been into humans, with unspectacular results.” http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2017/06/26/a-heroin-vaccine