Vaccine being developed to help fight cocaine addiction

A U.S. doctor is working on creating a vaccine to combat cocaine addiction.

Ron Crystal, a New York-based doctor at Weill Cornell Medicine, first got the idea for this treatment when he passed by a Newsweek magazine that had “addiction vaccine” printed on the cover.

“Suddenly I got this idea that if we hooked an addictive molecule, like cocaine, to a cold virus, or at least the parts of a cold virus, we could trick the immune system into thinking it was a cold virus and would develop immunity against cocaine,” Dr. Crystal told CTV’s Your Morning…

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Misha Gajewski