Scientists Test Meth Addiction 'Cure'
Early results are promising at UCLA
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
A drug addict shoots up a "speedball,, a combination of heroin and crystal meth.   (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias)

(Newser) – Scientists are testing a drug that may 'cure' meth addiction, and early results are good. Ibudilast is used in Japan and Korea to treat asthma sufferers and stroke victims, but US scientists believe it may also block methamphetamine cravings in the brain, reports the Huffington Post. "Very preliminary results would indicate that Ibudilast may dampen craving and improve cognitive functioning," says one UCLA researcher. If further tests by the FDA prove successful, the drug could be approved by 2018.

One national survey puts the number of meth addicts in the US at 439,000, and the only current treatment available to them is rehab and counseling. The scientists behind the trial say another option is sorely needed. "When you're on meth, your whole brain is saying, 'I need meth,'" says the researcher. The drug could change that. "You could say, 'You know, rather than calling my dealer right now, I'm going to say no.'"

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BCS
Apr 4, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
"the only current treatment available to them is rehab and counseling." Bullshit.... Ibogaine has already proven effective in treating various drug and non drug related addictions with extremely high success rates. No one will put it through FDA trials because it would cost more to put it through the trials than it will yield in profits for the drug companies, due to the fact that 2 or 3 treatments are usually all that's needed. This is the major problem we face with our for profit, publicly traded drug company system. What the private companies don't pick up should be picked up by the federal government, and if any lobbyist approaches the publicly funded research facility, put them in prison for 15 years on RICO charges. One thing that can't be cured from long term meth use is the natural cauterization of the serotonin receptors.
Sphinx
Apr 4, 2013 2:13 AM CDT
'You know, rather than calling my dealer right now, I'm going to say no.'" Because that is exactly how meth addicts talk.
myflap.blow
Apr 3, 2013 11:53 PM CDT
"One national survey puts the number of meth addicts in the US at 439,000" Shit, that's just on my block! Seems meth is another REAL problem they simply don't want to deal with. Maybe after this they'll come up with an antidote for the brain cravings of greed and power.