Spain hosts first trials of cocaine vaccine in Europe
9 May 2007 , MADRID – Cocaine addicts from across Spain are to take part in the first trials in Europe of a new vaccine against the drug.
9 May 2007
MADRID – Cocaine addicts from across Spain are to take part in the first trials in Europe of a new vaccine against the drug.
The vaccine will be tested on 150 addicts from Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia next year.
The vaccine is said to work by stopping cocaine getting to the brain in blood.
Cocaine molecules are so small they can usually get through natural barriers formed by blood.
But the vaccine will stop these molecules from getting into the nervous system which is what causes addiction.
After taking the vaccine, users will also have psychotherapy.
It will be coordinated by the Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona
The tests will take part after a final agreement between the vaccine’s producers Celtic Pharma and the hospital.
Spain has the highest level of cocaine consumption in Europe.
Since 1999, the number of users has doubled to 2.2 percent among people aged 15-24 – the biggest user age group.
The consumption rate in the rest of Europe is 1.1 percent.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news