NIDA and WRAIR began a research collaboration on development of the joint vaccine two years ago. At this point, the heroin component of the combination vaccine has been created and is ready for advanced preclinical testing. Matyas noted that "The possibility of creating a combination heroin-HIV vaccine provides an important opportunity to address both a unique treatment for heroin abuse as well as continuing the quest to develop an effective preventive HIV vaccine."
Heroin is not the only illicit drug that vaccine researchers are targeting. Progress has also been made in developing a vaccine against cocaine abuse. Read more about cocaine-vaccine research in Psychiatric News.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
NIDA Backs Research on Vaccine Against Heroin, HIV
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