Vaccine Blocks Heroin High

A compound that serves as a vaccine that blocks the high that comes with heroin use has been developed by chemists at the Scripps Research Institute.

By introducing the immune system to a potential future enemy, antibodies against that invader are ready to attack when the time comes. In this case, the vaccine introduces a piece of the heroin molecule to the immune system. In response, this protective system manufactures antibodies to the drug, including the components that cause the high.

As a result, those molecules never reach the brain, preventing the euphoria that may have otherwise resulted. The absence of a high could help recovering heroin users resist the temptation to relapse, the researchers say...

In William Gibson's 1985 masterpiece Neuromancer, hacker Case's new employers don't want to deal with his addictions, so they block them.

`Wasting your time, cowboy,' Molly said, when Case took an octagon from the pocket of his jacket.
`How's that? You want one?' He held the pill out to her.
`Your new pancreas, Case, and those plugs in your liver.
Armitage had them designed to bypass that shit.' She tapped the octagon with one burgundy nail. `You're biochemically incapable of getting off on amphetamine or cocaine.'
`Shit,' he said. He looked at the octagon, then at her.
`Eat it. Eat a dozen. Nothing'll happen.'
He did. Nothing did.

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