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Monday, January 17, 2011

Just say "No"?

Back when I was a kid at least once a year my fellow students and I would be rounded up, marched to the gym, and given a lecture telling us to just say no to drugs. I don't recall these lectures making much of an impact on me, aside from making me wonder if, perhaps, I was really missing out by not using drugs. Apparently I'm not the only person who grew up and decided those lectures were stupid, because this sounds like a much more reliable approach:

Researchers have produced a lasting anti-cocaine immunity in mice by giving them a safe vaccine that combines bits of the common cold virus with a particle that mimics cocaine.

In their study, published Jan. 4 in the online edition of Molecular Therapy and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the researchers say this novel strategy might be the first to offer cocaine addicts a fairly simple way to break and reverse their habit, and it might also be useful in treating other addictions, such as to nicotine, heroin and other opiates.

"Our very dramatic data shows that we can protect mice against the effects of cocaine, and we think this approach could be very promising in fighting addiction in humans," says the study's lead investigator, Dr. Ronald G. Crystal, chairman and professor of genetic medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Now, if only someone would come up with a vaccine to help me break my crippling addiction to blogging, everything would be fine!

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Blogger mike3550 said...

On the "Just Say No" campaign making you think that you were missing something, I saw a presentation last year on this very topic. Apparently, all of those public service announcements backfired because more kids tried drugs for the very reason that you wanted to: given how much attention was devoted to the issue, they thought that their friends were already doing drugs! Apparently, this is called "boomerang effects."

I'm sure that you already knew this, but I thought it was interesting...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011 11:38:00 AM  

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