Scientists Have Come Up With A 'Vaccine' Against Designer Drugs

Scientists Have Come Up With a 'Vaccine' Against Designer Drugs

Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have just published the results of a study done on a special kind of vaccine in the journal Angewandte Chemie. This vaccine does not guard against a virus. Instead, it blocks the effects of synthetic designer drugs. Fentanyl is an opioid that moves from the blood to the brain, where it binds to opiate receptors. The immediate result is pain relief, but fentanyl also increases the brain's dopamine level, which brings on a feeling of euphoria. Fentanyl often gets mixed in with illegal drugs to increase their effects; it also increases the chances that someone will overdose and die. And because fentanyl is popular, a number of different fentanyl derivatives have sprung up around the world. The new vaccine may block them all.

The vaccine contains molecules that are structurally like fentanyl — and invites the immune system to take them down. Eventually, the body's immune system recognises fentanyl and its derivatives as an invader, and antibodies bind to the drug as soon as it enters the bloodstream — preventing it from getting to the brain. If fentanyl can't get to the brain, it can't get people high. The vaccine seems to be selective, causing the immune system to block variations on fentanyl, but not oxycodone. While that still leaves the user open to oxycodone abuse, it also gives them an option if, sometime after the vaccination, they need pain relief.

The vaccine is meant to reduce overdoses due to fentanyl derivatives by blocking the high that people get, and therefore stopping them from seeking out the drug in the first place. Naturally, this raised concerns about someone taking fentanyl, not feeling high, and taking more — which would lead to an overdose.

In this case, however, the antibodies blocking the drug from getting to the brain also prevent lethal overdoses. "To the best of our knowledge," said Atsushi Kimishima, a co-author of the study, "our active vaccine is the first to ablate lethal doses of any drug of abuse."

The researchers hope to expand their vaccine so it will block the effects of heroin as well.

[Angewandte Chemie, TSRI scientists create vaccine against dangerous designer opioids]


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    so is this our future, vaccinate the working class @ birth, so they can't get high?

      And that is a very common misconception.

      There are plenty of Heroin, Ice & Cocaine addicts out there that are Doctors, Lawyers, Cops, Used Car Salesmen, etc. It's just more obvious in the working class because their income can't support the habit so they fall into the crime spiral. As long as a well earning person can keep their shit together and keep working, a lot of people wouldn't even know they had a problem.

      Wow that went real weird really quickly. I'm all for paranoia, but the relevance to the contents of this article is non-existent.

      NOBODY would be vaccinated at birth against fentanyl. I imagine this would only be given to known drug addicts.

      Vaccinating at birth would be a very, very bad idea. In Australia, fentanyl is the go to drug for relief of severe pain in hospitals, particularly during operations and in emergency departments.

      There is no way this can be given as a 'routine' vaccine. And I really don't see the point of giving it to drug users either, as they would just substitute it for a different opiate, be it oxycodone, hydrocodone, heroin, morphine etc. Unless you vaccinate them against ALL opiates, which would be a very dangerous thing to do.

      At some point, people just need to accept responsibility for their own actions and behaviours.

    I haven't read the article, but who the hell would want their body to make Ab against opioids? That seems stupid and dangerous to me.

    Presumably they have tested against endogenous opioids but what if there are new therapeutic opioids developed in the future for pain relief that don't work because you were vaccinated 20 years earlier? Seems like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut.

    This is the stuff you read about in dystopian novels, behaviour control via 'vaccines' - and its effing disgusting

    The next thing you know, they'll be sticking it in our drinking water.

    Last edited 17/02/16 8:33 pm

    Sentence drug dealers and repeat drug users (stealing, violent offender's and drug drivers) to have this treatment.

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