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Heroin Vaccine: Hope for Addicts in Lancaster

How Heroin Affects the Brain

Heroin is a drug that is taken either through injection, by sniffing or smoking it. It enters the brain and generates a feeling of pleasure and high, thus preventing the brain from feeling any pain. It is derived from morphine which is found in poppy seed plants. Figures suggest that around $22 billion of tax money in the US is lost in treatment of heroin addicts, which includes workers productivity loss and medical care bills. The development of a heroin vaccine would benefit not only the world at large, but also those in Lancaster.

Treating Cocaine Addiction

Unlike heroin and alcohol, withdrawal from cocaine addiction has no visible physical symptoms like vomiting, itching, and trembling but the level of craving after withdrawal exceeds that of other substances. People with high dependency on cocaine, often resort to alcohol, sedatives, and anti-anxiety medicines like xanax; although in most cases this just shifts the addiction from one substance to the other.

Rehab centers can help withstand the symptoms of withdrawal both medicinally and emotionally. Group therapies, counseling and motivational interviews help build strong psychological and emotional defenses against the drug decreasing the chance of relapse. Treating cocaine addiction in Lancaster involves the redirection of thoughts and actions that can lead to usage; this can be achieved successfully in rehab, where the environment is perfect for addicts to overcome emotional disorders and cravings.

Disturbing Facts about Cocaine Addiction in Lancaster

If you are a resident of Lancaster, you should be aware of the upsetting statistics reported on drug abuse in Lancaster:

Cocaine, which is extracted from coca plant leaves, is rated as a high dependency risk drug by the federal government. The statistics on cocaine addiction show that it is the second most illegal drug after marijuana to be used in the U.S. Around 2,500 Americans use it every day for the first time, with 2.1 million being regular users.

Research and Development on Heroine Vaccines

Research and development on creating heroine vaccines is being conducted by The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). It has done the initial experimentation on rats and now the vaccines are ready to be tested on human beings.

Heroin breaks down rapidly when it enters the bloodstream and then metabolizes with another compound known as 6-acetylmorphine before entering the brain. This process has made it challenging for the scientists at TSRI to create an effective vaccination against heroin.

The heroin vaccine being developed is able to keep heroin out of the brain. This creates hope because it not only targets heroin in the bloodstream but also its psychoactive breakdown of products and the compound it metabolizes into. This includes the 6-acetylmorphine and morphine which is one of the biggest reason heroin is so addicting.


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