Cocaine Vaccine Shows Promise for Treating Addiction – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. A new study suggests that harnessing the body’s own immune system against cocaine addiction may prove effective. The study included patients from a methadone maintenance program who were randomly assigned to receive either an anti-cocaine vaccine or a placebo, an inactive vaccine. All participants also took part in weekly relapse-prevention therapy sessions. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse says 38 percent of vaccinated patients used cocaine much less.
Dr. Volkow: This for us is a major breakthrough because if offers what could be potentially a transformative way of treating, not just cocaine addictions, but a wide variety of drug addictions.
Narrator: For more on this study, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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