Vaccines to treat addictions?

Could a vaccine be used in the future to treat an addiction to nicotine, cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates?

Dr. Thomas Kosten, professor and the Jay H. Waggoner Endowed Chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine has dedicated two decades on developing these vaccines.

Kosten talks with John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., chief of staff at The Menninger Clinic to explain the work and the challenges faced in developing vaccines, as well as testing this research to bring it to approval by the Federal Drug Association.

Additional Resources

Read more about Kosten’s research in the cocaine vaccine

Failed experiments often lead to exciting new ideas.Dr. Kosten explains.

Learn more about the current clinical trial for cocaine users.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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