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May 7 2013

Heroin vaccine ready for human testing, researchers say


LA JOLLA — A heroin-blocking vaccine has proven its effectiveness in rats and is ready for human clinical trials, say scientists at The Scripps Research Institute.

Even after being put through withdrawal and then given access to heroin again, the vaccinated rats don’t seek it out.

“The effects of the heroin vaccine are more dramatic than any we’ve ever seen and have been tested more rigorously in an animal model than we’ve every seen,” said George Koob, the study’s senior author.

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