Blow this, baby.
A cocaine vaccine undergoing trials in the States could make kids drug-proof.
"It's being developed for the prevention of relapse in formerly cocaine-addicted people," insists Frank Vocci, the director of treatment, research and development at the U.S. National Institute for Drug Abuse in Maryland, which is funding the trials.
The vaccine binds to cocaine in the blood and keeps most of it from reaching the brain. It hasn't been determined how long it stays potent.
But Bill Corrigall, a physiology professor at U of T and scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says he thinks the prospect of mass anti-snow vaccinations is pretty remote.
"That's where you get into ethical and social responsibility issues. Why would you immunize everyone in the world when such a small number of people actually try cocaine?"
Peter Cohen, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center who has written on the vaccine, disagrees. "If it did last a long time, wouldn't this be one of the duties of a parent taking care of child? They would be free to immunize their kids the same way they would give them piano lessons."
Owned by CanTab Pharmaceuticals, a British company, the coke zapper could be on the shelves within five years.
Researchers high on making folks coke-free