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Anti-Cocaine Vaccine Development Takes a Major Leap Forward

State College is a state with many substance abuse problems. Second to marijuana in opiates, cocaine, haunts its addicts with serious ailments. Although several treatment options are available, cocaine does not have a vaccine available in the market just yet. Undergoing several lab tests, anti-cocaine vaccines provide a glimmer of hope for thousands of addicts who have failed to achieve any success through conventional treatment methods.

For about a century, researchers and pharmacists have tried to create vaccines for several drug addiction issues. The early 1970s saw scientist develop a vaccine for heroin addiction, from different derivatives of morphine. The research withered away though, due to the availability of methadone, which helped heroin addicts stop using the drug. Funded by the National Institute of Drugs Abuse, recently, researchers at Cornell Medical College have successfully tested an anti-cocaine vaccine in mice and primates.

Consequences of Prescription Medication Addiction

Most prescription medication is physically addictive. To abruptly discontinue prescription medications, could create a situation where the person could immediately experience seizures or convulsions. It is for this reason, that withdrawal from prescription medications should be gradual and under medical supervision. This is best accomplished in a residential treatment program to guard against any medical complications.

The discomfort associated with withdrawal from these medications is contingent upon the dose the person is taking and the length of time they have been taking it. Some people take between 20 and 30 pills daily.

In addition to the physical addiction created by abusing prescription medication, people also experience a deterioration in personal relationships, employment difficulties due to a lack of concentration and motivation, financial difficulties, legal problems, as well as, psychological difficulties. Most of the people found addicted to prescription medication have experienced most of the above.

Future Challenges

While traditional methods of drug treatment are losing popularity due to low success rate among people, meth vaccines give a new ray of hope that treatment might be possible and many precious lives could be saved.

The findings of the experimentation done so far are encouraging. However, experts face the huge challenge of making the vaccine strong enough to offer protection over a longer duration. In order to target a firm response against drug molecules, the meth vaccine needs to be further developed so that it lasts longer and can perform well in human bodies.

Another expected issue with meth vaccine is cost of usage. The vaccination can be expensive and getting weekly or monthly dosages might not be possible for every addict or patient. With the drug being cheaply available and its craving so powerful, meth users may just relapse, because they are unable to afford a monthly vaccination shot.

Nonetheless, this is still a much better route than destroying and possibly losing your life due to a meth addiction.

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If you need any assistance in locating an effective addiction treatment program or a drug rehab center, call Affordable Rehab of State College now at call (412) 206-5021 . GET HELP NOW!

What is addiction?

Addiction is the uncontrollable compulsion to repeat a behavior regardless of any negative consequences. Many substances or behaviors can create a pattern of conditions recognized as addiction which include a craving for more of the drug or behavior, an increase in withdrawal. Drugs that provide either pleasure or relief from pain create the possibility of being abused, resulting in a dependency or addiction.


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