Posted: Aug 16, 2012 1:50 PM by Lauren Molenburg
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 2:10 PM
Scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder, coordinating with the University of Adelaid, developed succesful results in blocking addiction to heroin and morphine while simultaneously reducing pain.
The team discovered the immune system mechanism that increases addiction. They now have the ability to create a new drug that represses that mechanism and disables the reward reaction to drugs like heroin and morphine, effectively eliminating any future craving that would develop addictive behavior.
The researchers say clinical trials with human subjects may be possible within the next 18 months.
The study has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States and the Australian Research Council, or ARC.