Vaccine Could Cut Heroin Addiction
Mexican scientists about to start tests on humans
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2012 2:01 PM CST

(Newser) – Scientists in Mexico are making progress on a front sure to displease the cartels: a heroin vaccine. It seems to have worked in mice, and now researchers are preparing tests on humans, reports the Guardian. The idea behind the vaccine is to make the body immune to the effects of heroin's pleasures, and mice injected with it stopped consuming the drug of their own accord.

"It would be a vaccine for people who are serious addicts, who have not had success with other treatments and decide to use this application to get away from drugs," explains the director of Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry.

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Feb 24, 2012 6:58 PM CST
I probably spend half my time depressed. I'll go a few weeks feeling relatively normal and able to write, then drop into a depression again for 3-6 weeks. When I'm depressed I sleep more, sort of feel like I'm pulling myself through all my waking hours, and have a lot of trouble focusing because of how shitty I feel. As I understand it, these are all pretty normal ways for depression to manifest. Anyway, when I'm in a depressive slump I always know what's bothering me. Often times it's the same old things kicked up again or something new added to the pile. Whatever it is, if you ask me about it I can explain how each piece of it fits together and makes up one huge, oppressive idea that keeps me feeling miserable. Everyone else I've ever met who suffers from chronic depression can do the same thing. That said, I'm friends with three drug addicts who I've met in the past 5 years. None of them know one another but they're all addicted to heroin specifically. I've never been around them when they were using, so I'm not sure what they were like when they've used the drug, but as a whole I'd say they're very depressed people. They exhibit the same behavior I do when I'm depressed, except I don't think I've ever seen them out of it the way I see myself or others out of it. The other thing about them that has always struck me as funny is they never seem to have a reason for being depressed. As I said earlier, I could ramble on about the objects of my depression, but none of my addict friends can. You ask them what's bothering them and they either don't think anything is bothering them, that's just the way they are, or they have absolute no idea how to answer it. It always makes me wonder what the fuck is wrong with them, and where the drug addiction ends and they start as people.
Feb 24, 2012 2:24 PM CST
While I applaud the idea of freeing people from an addiction, I fear the coming of the day when this type of thing is mandatory. How long until we are forcibly vaccinated against the "pleasures of cannabis?" Remember, we are a species that moralizes pleasure. And where our morality is, so is our legislation.