WTF(What's the fuss?) Wednesday!!!! A vaccine for heroin?? Yep, it's true, one is in the works. But it's not really what we think of when we talk about a "vaccine". In most cases, vaccinations are given to prevent people from getting a viral or bacterial disease.
Opioid addiction is a serious epidemic. Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The CDC estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
The heroin "vaccine" is designed to generate antibodies that bind to heroin in the bloodstream, preventing it from entering the brain. By preventing heroin and its metabolites from binding to opioid receptors in the brain, the pleasurable and harmful effects will no longer be felt.
This vaccine would not be given to children to prevent them from become future heroin users, but given to current heroin users to help them stop their addiction. Testing of the heroin vaccine has successfully worked on animals which now raises the possibility to start testing on humans. Because this vaccine is directed specifically to heroin, it is compatible with current medication-assisted treatments for opioid use disorder. One downfall of the vaccine is that it is only targeted towards heroin and not other opiates. What are positives? What are negatives? WTF!!?? Comment below🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽🔽