From the archive, originally posted by: [ mmm ]

disclaimer: I’m 99% sure that no one in the known universe calls cocaine
‘Charlie.’ ~m

Cocaine Vaccine seeking approval from US FDA

A growing number of people worldwide are getting increasingly addicted to
Cocaine, a drug which supposedly provides a mind-numbingly, feel-good
feeling. Now, this news may come as a ray of light to those who are badly
addicted to the drug. Two researchers have come up with injections which
contain modified cocaine, and hope that this could provide the first-ever
medication for people hooked on to the drug, commonly referred to as Coke
and by some as Charlie.

Two Baylor College of Medicine scientists have successfully developed a
cocaine vaccine that stimulates the immune system to attack the real thing.
As a result, cocaine will no longer provide the kick that has millions
hooked on to it.

Currently in clinical trials, the approval of the cocaine vaccine would
serve as a breakthrough in the treatment of cocaine addiction, which as of
now mostly comprises psychiatric counseling and 12-step programs.

“For people who have a desire to stop using, the vaccine should be very
useful, “said Tom Kosten, a psychiatry professor who was assisted in the
research by his wife, Therese Kosten, a psychologist and neuroscientist.

“At some point, most users will give in to temptation and relapse, but those
for whom the vaccine is effective won’t get high and will lose interest,” he

Kosten asked the FDA in December 2007 to give the green signal to a
multi-institutional trial for this vaccine slated to begin in the spring.
Now, this trial will be the final hurdle to pass before the vaccine might
actually be approved for treatment.

Interestingly, the cocaine vaccine could raise ethical questions about who
should receive this treatment and what happens of confidential information
about those receiving it becomes known. The question include whether parents
would be allowed to have their children vaccinated to wane them off cocaine;
whether employers might fall upon such information and use it against
employees indiscriminately; and whether it can be used on women who are
pregnant and addicted to cocaine.

Meanwhile, Tom Kosten is also working on vaccines for treatment of
methamphetamine, heroin and nicotine addicts.

(…too bad most coke ain’t coke!)