Preliminary research shows a new vaccine could help prevent relapse in those addicted to heroine, according to NBC News.
The vaccine keeps the psychoactive ingredients of heroin from reaching the brain and showed promise in lab rats that had been exposed to heroin in the past.
Rats who received the vaccine, even if they had been severely addicted, did not resume drug seeking behavior after given access to the heroin again.
Those rats who did not receive the vaccine quickly resumed the craving for heroin when given just one infusion of the drug.
According to scientists, if the vaccine works in human trials, it could become a standard therapy for curing heroin addiction.
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