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Research is underway to develop a twice-per-year vaccine that may help people overcome opioid addiction. The vaccine, which is being funded in part by a $25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (HEAL), targets fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid estimated to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
“This could be a game changer for addiction,” Therese Kosten, professor of psychology at the University of Houston, said, according to a news release posted on EurekAlert.org.
The article goes on to state the following:
Fentanyl was named the deadliest drug in America by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in recent years, beating out heroin and oxycodone. Authorities marked a 113% increase per year between 2013 and 2016 in the number of deaths involving the drug. Fentanyl, which is both cheap to produce and is often used by dealers to lace other illegal narcotics with, also poses a risk to first responders or those unaware of its presence as it can be absorbed through the skin.
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased opioid use which has resulted in an estimated 87,000 deaths in a 12 month period ending in September 2020.
UH Researcher Joins Team Developing Opioid Vaccine https://t.co/5zaNMavHux
— UH Media Relations (@UH_News) April 19, 2021
— Samantha Sullivan (@SamSullivan) April 20, 2021
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