[Ibogaine] Mexican researchers patent heroin vaccine

Jim Hadey jimhadey3 at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 23 21:08:56 EST 2012


Mexican researchers patent heroin vaccineBy Ioan Grillo | Reuters – 1 hr 33 mins ago

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    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - While Mexico grapples with relentless drug-related violence, a group of Mexican scientists is working on a vaccine that could reduce addiction to one of the world's most notorious narcotics: heroin.

              Researchers at the country's National Institute of Psychiatry say they have successfully tested the vaccine on mice and are preparing to test it on humans.

              The vaccine, which 
has been patented in the United States, works by making the body 
resistant to the effects of heroin, so users would no longer get a rush 
of pleasure when they smoke or inject it.
              "It would be a 
vaccine for people who are serious addicts, who have not had success 
with other treatments and decide to use this application to get away 
from drugs," the institute's director Maria Elena Medina said Thursday.
              Scientists worldwide have been searching for drug addiction vaccines for several years, but none have yet been fully developed and released on the market.

              One group at the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported significant progress in a vaccine for cocaine.
              However, the Mexican
 scientists appear to be close to making a breakthrough on a heroin 
vaccine and have received funds from the U.S. institute as well as the 
Mexican government.
              During the tests, 
mice were given access to deposits of heroin over an extended period of 
time. Those given the vaccine showed a huge drop in heroin consumption, 
giving the institute hope that it could also work on people, Medina 
said.
              Kim Janda, a scientist working on his own narcotics vaccines at the Scripps Research Institute
 in La Jolla, California, said that based on some earlier research 
papers he had read, the Mexican vaccine could function but with some 
shortcomings.

              "It could be 
reasonably effective but maybe too general and affect too many different
 types of opioids as well as heroin," Janda said.
              Mexico, a major drug
 producing and transit country for drugs smuggled into the United 
States, has a growing drug addiction problem. Health Secretary Jose 
Cordoba recently said the country now has some 450,000 hard drug 
addicts, particularly along the trafficking corridors of the U.S. 
border.
              Mexican gangsters 
grow opium poppies in the Sierra Madre mountains and convert them into 
heroin known as Black Tar and Mexican Mud, which are smuggled over the 
Rio Grande.
              Every year, the 
heroin trade provides billions of dollars to gangs like the Sinaloa 
Cartel and the Zetas. Since 2006, cartel violence has claimed the lives 
of over 47,000 people in Mexico.

              (Additional reporting by Jorge Lebrija; Editing by Anthony Boadle)
  - JIM


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